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Stokes Seeds 



FRANCIS C. STOKES & CO., 235 EAST WASHINGTON SQ., PHILADELPHIA 



Mary Washington Rust-Resistant Asparagus 



SUPER-STANDARD 

The Largest and Most Tender Green Asparagus 

The Washington strains are now the only ones commercially profitable because of 

of the Asparagus Rust 

This is the fifth year we have offered Washington Asparagus 
commercially. We were one of the first houses to adopt it, and, 
according to all reports, our sale of roots last year has exceeded 
those of any other seed-house. \\ e now have over two 
million roots growing. These are of the Mary Washing- 
ton strain, which we consider to be superior to the 
Pedigree Washington and the Martha Washing- 
ton, although we hold that all of the Washington 
strains are very valuable, being highly resistant 
to Asparagus Rust. We still believe that of the 
three, Mary Washington will prove the most valu- 
able commercially because of its increased size. 
This is also the feeling of the large growers in 
California — men who grow Asparagus in rows 2 
miles long! (This past year we made one shipment 
of over 150,000 roots to California, via Panama 
Canal, under refrigeration.) 

The Asparagus Rust is a fungous disease which 
has spread from coast to coast, having been in- 
troduced from Europe about 1900. The develop- 
ment of the Washington strains has been almost 
entirely due to the devoted efforts of our good 
friend, Prof. J. B. Norton, who, as a member of 
the plant-breeding staff of the United States 
Department of Agriculture, cooperated with the 
Massachusetts Asparagus Growers Association, 
at Concord. Until this rust-resistant variety 
was developed, it appeared as though the Aspar- 
agus industry in this country was to be short- 
lived. (Long Island completely abandoned its 
fields.) We consider Prof. Norton's success to be 
one of the high spots in horticultural annals. 

Mary Washington will produce the very 
highest type green Asparagus it is possible to 
grow. It is earlier, larger, and longer than the 
Pedigree Washington and Martha Washing- 
ton, and, for all commercial purposes, is 
equally rust-resistant. The tips are very 
tight and do not prematurely "sprangle out" 
or "blow," a feature which greatly increases 
its sales value. Asparagus with prematurely 
loose buds does not keep well on the market, 
and also loses its good flavor. This feature is 
later recognized by the high branching habit 
of the plant after the cutting season. 

Price of large, selected MARY WASHING- 
TON ROOTS: $2.50 per 100 (postpaid). By 
express f.o.b. New Jersey growing station, not 
prepaid, $7.50 for 500, $12 per 1,000; 5,000 j 
roots or over, $10 per 1,000. 

Price of PEDIGREED MARY WASHING- 
TON SEED, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 40 cts.; 
V 4 lb. $1.25; lb. $4; 5 lbs. $19. 

WARNTNfi There is a practice among some 
firms offering Asparagus roots to 
list their first-grade as two-year-old roots and their 
6econd-grade as one-year-old. Do not be misled on 
this point. Insist on the largest size one-year-old 
roots, hand selected. Horticulturists long ago dis- 
carded the theory that the older the root, the sooner 
the first cutting. In practice just the opposite is true; at 
least, so far as the size of the first cutting is concerned. 
Ordinarily, a three-week's cutting season is possible 
one year after our roots are set out. We recommend 
spring planting as against fall planting. Set the roots 
in rows 4V 2 feet apart and 20 inches apart in the row. 
The crowns should be buried about 12 inches. Ap- 
proximately 5,000 roots are thus required per acre. 
One pound of seed will produce about 5,000 roots. 



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JAN 30 1925 

SAM STOKES & SON 



(Ormmunttal nnh ^ursrrn §>tafcs 

BOX 416 

Lecompte, La. 
1924 PRICE LIST 1925 



ROSES, BUSH VARIETIES 

Maman Cochet, Pink. Safrano, Apricot Yellow. 

Duchess de Brabant, Salmon Pink. Souv. de Un Ami, Pink. 
Princess Sagan, Dark Red. Madarn Lombard, Pink. 

Marie Van Houtte, Cream. Lamarque, White Climber. 

Mrs. B. R. Cant, Deep Pink. Creole Beauty, Light Red. 

The above Roses are 25c each. 

Louis Philippi, a free-blooming red rose, used for hedges, 20c 
each, $ 1 .80 per dozen, $ 1 0.00 per hundred. 

Crepe Myrtle, We have four kinds, red, white, pmk and pur- 
ple. 

Tulip tree, or Tulip Poplar. Buddleir, Purple bloom. 
Altheas, red, white, pink and purple. Bridal Wreath. 
Spirea, Anthony Waterer, pink, blooms all Summer. 
Abelia Grandiflora. Cape Jasmine. Nandina. 
Magnolia Fuscata. Rosa de Montana, pink flowering vine. 
All the above are 25c each. 

Arbor Vitaes, Rosedale, Compacta and Onentalis. These are 
50c to $1.00 each. 

Pansy Plants, Finest Giant flowered. Mixed colors. 100 
plants prepaid $1.50. 500 or more at $1.00 per hundred 
not prepaid. 

Easter Lily bulbs are sold out. The 1925 crop will be on the 
market in September and October. 

Send cash with order— Please do not send postage stamps. 
Address: SAM STOKES & SON, Lecompte, La. 



PLANT STOKES SEEDS FOR THE VERY BEST VEGETABLES 



BEANS 



One pound of seed plants 100 feet of drill; 
50 pounds plant an acre 




Lima Beans (Phaseolus lunatus). Native of Tropical America. Under cultivation at least 1,000 years. 
Dwarf Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris). Native of Peru. Under cultivation at least 4,000 years. 

Cv,„ JL D,,„'L Days to maturity, 75. This vigorous Lima is a prolific bearer, producing a large 

roranooK r>usn. number of P ods 

about 4 inches in length on vines growing to a 
height of 15 inches. The dried Beans are rather 
thick from side to side and are nearly white in 
color. For table purposes, Fordhook does not 
seem as desirable as the Wonder Bush. It, never- 
theless, is a very profitable market Bean and its 
quality is not bad. Price, delivered: V 4 lb. 15 cts.; 
lb. 45 cts.; 2 lbs. 85c; 5 lbs. $2; 50 lbs. $17.50. 

Wonder Bush. r«If 

the later introductions, having been first of- 
fered by Dreer. From the standpoint of table 
quality, we believe it is one of the most desirable 
Limas listed. The pods attain a length of 4 
inches and contain an average of 4 Beans which 
are flat in shape and of fine flavor. The Wonder 
Bush is a prolific bearer, but is not the equal of 
Fordhook. We, nevertheless, highly recom- 
mend it. Price, delivered: Vilb. 15 cts.; lb. 40 
cts.; 2 lbs. 75 cts.; 5 lbs. $1.75; 50 lbs. $15. 

Carpinteria Pole. JX-w. f£ 

is considered the most perfect Lima Bean 
introduced up to this time. It produces large 
quantities of handsome pods and is of an un- 
surpassed flavor when prepared for the table. 
The Beans themselves are not of the enormous 
size boasted of in some varieties, but they are 
exceedingly tender and hold their bright green 
color when prepared for the table. Do not fail 
to plant some Carpinteria Pole this year. It will 
be your best Lima. Price, delivered : V41b. 15cts.; 
lb. 40 cts.; 2 lbs. 75 cts.; 5 lbs. $1.75; 50 lbs. $15. 

Giant Stringless (Green). 

{JOHNSON & STOKES, 1898.} Days to ma- 
turity, 45. After 25 years, Giant Stringless now 
holds a very prominent place among Green Beans. 
Like all Beans of this class, it must not be allowed 
to remain on the vines after reaching marketable 
size, but when picked young and handled promptly 
it is of the highest table quality and of delicious 
flavor. The bearing period of Giant Stringless is 
comparatively short, and, therefore, continuous 
plantings are suggested. The pods of the mature 
Beans are from 5 to 6 in. long. Color of dry seeds, 
yellow-brown. Price, delivered : Vilb. 15 cts.; lb. 
35 cts.; 2 lbs. 65 cts.; 5 lbs. $1.50; 50 lbs. $13.50. 

Pencil-Pod (Wax). 

[JOHNSON & STOKES, 1900.) Days to ma- 
turity, 45. This black-seeded stringless Bean is 
by far the most hardy of its class. It is also 
less susceptible to disease than other wax-podded 
sorts. Although not as well known as the Round- 
Pod Kidney Wax, we consider it to be of equal 
quality. The slender pods grow to a length of 6 
inches, being slightly curved near the tip. They 
are round, seven-seeded, very clear yellow, abso- 
lutely stringless and brittle. Color of dried seed, 
black. Price, delivered: y 4 lb. 15 cts.; lb. 35c; 2 
lbs. 65 cts.; 5 lbs. $1.50; 50 lbs. $13.50. 

Round- Pod Kidney (Wax). 

[JOHNSON & STOKES, 1900.) Days to ma- 
turity, 45. This is, perhaps, the best known of 
the Wax Beans. Round-Pod Kidney Wax is a 
very desirable table Bean, being of high flavor 
and excellent quality, but, as is the case with 
all Beans of this class, must be gathered when 
young. The pods are about 5 inches long, 
slightly curved, round, yellow, brittle and entirely 
stringless. More susceptible to cold weather than 
Pencil-pod. Price, delivered : V^lb. 15 cts.; lb. 35 
cts.; 2 lbs. 65 cts.; 5 lbs. $1.50; 50 lbs. $13.50. 

Pencil-Pod and Giant Stringless Beans 




FRANCIS C. STOKES 6c CO., 235 EAST WASHINGTON SQ., PHILADELPHIA 



BEET 



One ounce of seed plants 100 feet 
of drill; 7 pounds plant an acre 




(Beta vulgaris.) Native of Egypt and Persia. Under cultiva- 
tion at least 2,200 years. Introduced into Europe about 1600. 

We now carry only four garden varieties of Beet. Early 
Wonder is reinstated to our list because of the bright red 
color of the root, which adds to its selling quality. We 
consider it a valuable early market sort. Our strain of 
Crosby Egyptian is a special selection, having the ad- 
vantage of smoothness and depth of color. We consider 
this the standard variety for early-crop purposes. We have 
eliminated Early Flat Egyptian as not filling a place of 
importance — our Crosby will develop a larger root in an 
equal time. Detroit Dark Red, maturing a week after 
Crosby Egyptian, is a standard midseason variety, es- 
pecially adapted to canning because of its deep color. 
The Century, described on the opposite page, is the best 
variety for late summer and fall growing. It has special 
qualifications, as noted in detail. Although there is a great variety 
of Mangel Beets, we content ourselves with offering only the 
Mammoth Long Red, which, as a stock-feeding Mangel, we 
believe to be the equal of any in food content. We have added a 
new Swiss Chard this year, Silver Leaf, which will make a strong 
running partner to Giant LucuIIus. Swiss Chard is deservedly 
becoming more popular. 

Crosby Egyptian 

SUPER-STANDARD 

A strain of outstanding quality 

Days to maturity, 45. This must not be compared with ordinary stocks of 
Crosby Egyptian. It is characterized by its great sweetness ard tenderness, lacking the usual tough fibrous 
quality so often found in Beets. The root is remarkably smooth and of a deep red color. In shape it is not 
full globe, but approaches the globe type. The outside skin is a rich deep red, while the inside is a blood- 
red with slightly lighter zones. The top is short, making it adaptable to bunching. We believe it is the 

best obtainable for early outdoor planting, and many of our customers 
are coming back to us year after year for it, not once hesitating to pay 
the slightlv higher price it is necessary to ask for a Beet of this quality. 
Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; V 4 lb. 40 cts.; lb. $1.40; 5 lbs. 
Detl - i t in or more, $1.25 per lb. 

Early Wonder 

A valuable early market Beet 

Days to maturity, 42. We offer no illustra- 
tion of this Beet because it is very similar in 
shape to Crosby Egyptian, as shown on this 
page. We believe this Beet has a distinct 
place because of its brilliant appearance. Our 
strain is extremely early, of uniform, bright red 
color, and with a small top, which makes it 
suitable for bunching. Price, delivered: Pkt. 
10 cts.; oz. 15 cts.; i/ 4 lb. 35 cts.; lb. $1.25; 
5 lbs. or more, $1.15 per lb. 

Detroit Dark Red 

PROVEN STOCK 

Days to maturity, 50. Detroit has been a standard 
variety for a third of a century and is now universally 
planted for midseason purposes. It is especially desirable 
for canning, owing to the fact that it holds its rich, 
blood-red color through the entire process. The shape of Detroit 
Dark Red is almost a perfect globe. Its edible quality may be de- 
scribed as good. Our stock is specially selected from the true type of 
Detroit, and it has already proved to be extremely satisfactory. Price, 
delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 15 cts.; V 4 lb. 30 cts.; lb. $1; 5 lbs. or 
more, 95 cts. per lb. 



Dark 
Red Beet 



QUALITY OF PRODUCT IS OUR FIRST AND ONLY CONSIDERATION 



The Century Beet 




or 

Green-Top Winter Keeper 

SUPER-STANDARD 

The best quality table Beet for midsummer, fall, or winter 
use. Its green tops are even more delicious than spinach. 

Days to maturity, 60. The popularity of this Beet is 
constantly increasing. For years it has been the leading 
variety in the gardens of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 
and of late it has been well disseminated by the seed trade 
under different names, such as Winter Keeper, All Seasons, 
Rajah, etc., so that it is now well and favorably known over a 
wide territory. There are three reasons for its great popularity. 
In the first place, the blood-red root is of very delicate texture, and 
even when grown for a period of three or four months, during 
which time it may attain a size of 6 to 8 inches in diameter, 
it is still practically fiberless and of very delicious eating quality. 
Also, it is a splendid keeper and when properly stored will carry 
through the entire winter. Combined with these two features is 
its succulent green top, which as a green, is a close rival to spinach 
and Swiss chard. It may be prepared fresh for the table or canned 
for winter use. We advise two or three consecutive plantings from 
April until August. 

This is the thirteenth season that we have carried New 
Century, and we might say that the demand for it is greater 
than ever. We recommend it to all who give any place to 
quality in their gardening operations. The colored photograph 
appearing on this page was made from an average sample 
taken from our trial-ground this year. Price, delivered: 
Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; V 4 lb. 60 cts.; lb. $2; 5 lbs. or more, 
$1.75 per lb. 

Plant More Swiss Chard! 

As a midsummer green, Swiss Chard has great food value, 
and this is being recognized more and more. Very little of it, 
so far, has been sold on the commercial markets, but, by educating 
your trade, a larger demand could be developed for it. Both the 
ribs and leaves are eaten, the leaves being boiled as a green and 
the ribs being treated very much like asparagus. Either one or a 
combination of both can be successfully canned. 




These unusual 
bright green 
leaves are very 
nourishing 
when boiled and 
prepared as a 
green vegetable 



Silver Leaf 

This variety grows to a height of about 16 inches. The leaf is a lighter 
green than LucuIIus and the ribs broader. For home consumption we 
would recommend this above LucuIIus, as it seems to be distinctly more 
tender and of finer grain. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 15 cts.; 
V 4 lb. 35 cts.; lb. $1.25; 5 lbs. or more, $1.15 per lb. 

Giant LucuIIus 

May be first cut in 60 days. This will grow to a height of over 20 inches. 
The color of the leaf is a rich dark green, with a yellowish green midrib. Price, 
delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 15 cts.; V^lb. 35 cts.; lb. $1.25; 5 lbs. or more, 
$1.15 per lb. 

Mammoth Long Red or 
Giant of Battles Mangel 

Days to maturity, 100. This is the most universally grown Mangel Beet 
in this country. The roots can very easily be made to attain a length of 12 
inches. The tonnage per acre is very heavy, the average of individual roots 
often being over 10 pounds and single specimens have been known to exceed 
25 pounds. The value of the Mangel Beet as a stock feed has long been re- 
cognized, but it has not been widely planted in the United States. Price, 
delivered: Oz. 10 cts.; V 4 lb. 20 cts.; lb. 60 cts.; 5 lbs. or more, 50 cts. per lb. 




The 
Century 
Beet 




FRANCIS C. STOKES 8c CO., 235 EAST WASHINGTON SQ., PHILADELPHIA 



CABBAGE* 



One ounce of seed 
produces about 5,000 plants 



Golden 

Acre 




TWO EXTREMELY EARLY AND PROFITABLE STRAINS 



New Jersey Wakefield 

SUPER-STANDARD 

Days to maturity, 152. This remarkably early and 
large strain of Wakefield came out with first honors this 
past summer in an exhaustive test. A number of the 
very best strains of Wakefield were entered in the 
competition. Each test-plot contained 240 plants. 
This strain, that we now offer under the heading New 
Jersey Wakefield, produced 233 marketable heads. 
This is equivalent to slightly over 97 per cent, which 
was the highest percentage reached by any strain in 
the test. The first two cuttings (which are invariably 
the most valuable) were made on July 9 and 16, 
respectively. This variety not only cut the greatest 
number of heads on those dates, but the average weight 
per head was heavier than any of the competing strains 
— the average weight of the 233 heads of the four 
cuttings being 1.36. These qualifications tell their own 
story. It is a well-known fact that the pointed types 
of Cabbage are sweeter, more tender, and are generally 
looked upon as being a better table quality than the 
rounded types. Price, delivered : Pkt. 10 cts. ; oz. 50 cts. ; 
V 4 lb. $2; lb. $8; 5 lbs. or more, $7.50 per lb. 



Golden Acre SKSH. 

SUPER-STANDARD 

Days to maturity, 152. This is an extra-early 
Cabbage of the Copenhagen Market type, maturing a 
week ahead of all present strains of that variety. When 
Copenhagen Market was originally introduced, in 
1910, it was very similar to the present stock of Golden 
Acre, but during the war the Danish seedsmen allowed 
this variety to run into later maturity. There is a 
distinct difference between this rediscovered type, now 
called Golden Acre, and the present Copenhagen 
Market. Golden Acre will mature a round, hard head 
which is somewhat smaller than Copenhagen Market. 
It has a smaller stalk and leaf-growth, which allows 
closer planting, and has a slightly smoother and perhaps 
greener leaf. On soil that is heavily manured, Golden 
Acre will grow almost as large as our present strain of 
Copenhagen Market. The strain we offer was grown by 
Thomas Madsen, the introducer of the new stock. We 
believe his stock is of greater value than any other, 
although certain growers are offering it on a much 
cheaper basis. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 75 cts.; 
V 4 lb. $3; lb. $12. 



Copenhagen Market H t£r' s 

Days to maturity, 160. Hjalmar Hartmann & 
Company, the great firm of Danish seed-growers, were, 
in 1910, the originators of Copenhagen Market and we 
look to them for our best supply. The present strain 
of Copenhagen Market will mature large, uniformly 
round heads one week after Golden Acre. The heads 
are remarkably solid, of fine quality, and with small 
core. We look on this as being the standard strain of the 
present Copenhagen variety. It appears to be larger 
than the original Copenhagen. In some instances it 
has proven a valuable kraut variety. In this connection 
we would point out that there are a great number of 
badly run out strains of Copenhagen which are not 
only off-type, but which are from two to three weeks 
later in maturity than our present strain. Price, 
delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 35 cts.; y 4 lb. $1.25; 
lb. $5; 5 lbs. or more, $4.75 per lb. 



Henderson Succession. w y ^a 

For 35 years this variety has been the standard mid- 
season, large, round but slightly flattened Cabbage. 
Succession year in and year out will come as near being 
true to the original type as any variety ever introduced. 
It is noted for its resistance to heat and dry weather. 
Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 25 cts.; y 4 lb. 80 cts.; 
lb. $3; 5 lbs. or more, $2.75 per lb. 

Mammoth Red Rock. t D u % s y , to 58: 

We offer this as the most satisfactory, all-round red 
Cabbage for conditions in the Middle Atlantic states. 
The market for red Cabbage is limited, but over a 
series of years, the price paid for it is considerably above 
that of green Cabbage. For pickling purposes there 
will always be a constant demand for this brilliant 
purple type. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 25 cts.; 
V 4 lb. 80 cts.; lb. $3; 5 lbs, or more, $2.75 per lb. 



-frAll of our Cabbage seed has been treated with corrosive sublimate, as a protection against seed infection. A three- or four- 
year crop rotation is suggested. We would warn against the use of infected soil in the seed-bed. 



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Reed's Danish is 
hard and compact 



STOKES SEEDS ARE SOLD UNDER A PERCENTAGE OF GERMINATION 

Reed Bros. Danish Ballhead 

SUPER-STANDARD 

The most profitable late Cabbage. Has averaged 22 V2 tons per acre over a 
14-year period. New York State average is 8 tons 

Days to maturity, 190. We are thoroughly satisfied that this is the most 
profitable Cabbage of the short-stem Danish type that has so far been offered. Ordinary Danish 
It is identified by the tinge of purple in the central veins. The Reed Bros., averages 30 per 
practical New York State Cabbage-growers, for fourteen years have been cent lighter 
producing seed from selected, mature heads. During this time, their fields have never gone below 20 tons per 
acre, and they have produced as high as 30 tons per acre. The secret of the increased tonnage lies in the selection 
for hard, tight heads which weigh one-third more than ordinary heads of equal size. (See sketch.) This also 
means far better keeping quality, for such solidity of head means that they do not crack. These heads are 
distinct in that they have an unusual lap of leaf, a very desirable feature for late storage when, ordinarily, trim- 
ming is necessary. Owing to the compactness of this head, we recommend that it be planted in rows 3 feet apart 
and 21 inches apart in the row (7,500 plants per acre). This will produce a head of from 4 to 6 pounds, which is the 
usual market requirement. For larger heads, of course, set farther apart. 

The germination of this seed after treatment is about 85 per cent. Although, theoretically, one ounce contains 
5,000 seeds, large Cabbage-growers have come to allow one-half pound per acre. This will give a generous plant 
supply, both for the original and any necessary replanting, and, in addition, you will have extra plants for your 
neighbor, the sale of which will cover your seed-cost. Seed of this character cannot be produced for the price of 
ordinary seed, but it is far more profitable in the end — your return being perhaps ten times greater than the slight 
additional cost. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 65 cts.; y 4 lb. $2.50; lb. $10. 



Pocono Mountain Savoy 



A handsome, solid, 
curled type 



SUPER-STANDARD 

Days to maturity, 180. We offer, this year, Pocono Mountain Savoy as probably the finest strain of curled 
Cabbage. Ordinarily, the Savoys are soft, but in this strain we have a hard-headed Cabbage which is excellent for 
storage late into the winter. The heavily curled, dark green heads, which are uniformly well-formed and solid, 
will give this Cabbage first consideration on any market, and we recommend it unreservedly. The photograph in 
natural colors below will give a good idea of the type. This strain cost, perhaps, $2 more per acre than ordinary 
seed, but, as we have often repeated, what is $2 between a profitable crop and the kind that is ordinarily grown. 

Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 50 cts.; y 4 lb. $2; lb. $8. 



Cabbage or Cabbage 
Worms? 

You must take your choice. You g 
can't have both, although a great Jj 
many farmers seem to have tried M 
it this past year. The following /^j 
combination of spray is iro mi- 
mended: 50 gals, water, 4 lbs. 
soap, and 4 lbs. arsenate of 
lead paste or 2 lbs. arse- j*^. 
nate of lead powder. Re- 
peat this spray with ,,, 
every brood of white 
butterflies. Danger ' ' 
from Black Leg, a 
destructive cab- > ^V^Hwi 
bage disease, hi 
been practically 
eliminated by 
chemical treat- 1 
mentof ourseed* 1 

Pocono 



fe Note on " Yellows" - 
Resistant Strains: 

In the Middle Atlantic States 
there is little or no difficulty at 
present from Cabbage "Yellows." 
Where this disease does not exist 
it has been found to be impracti- 
cable to use the "YeIIows"-Re- 
sistant varieties that have been 
developed (mostly in Wiscon- 
jj sin), for all of these strains are 
much rougher and less pro- 
ductive than the originals. 
Should our customers in the 
infected area be troubled 
with Cabbage "Yellows," 
we would suggest that 
v they go to Vaughan 
Big of Chicago, or some 
^IBIUfe-.*--.. other strong 
i d d I e 
western 
^ house. 




FRANCIS C. STOKES 6c CO., 235 EAST WASHINGT ON SQ., PHILADELPHIA 

Ann /^HP One-half ounce of seed plants 100 feet of drill; 
V^/jL1\.Xil A 2 V 2 pounds plant an acre 

(Daucus carota.) Native of Europe, probably the British Isles. Our common garden Carrot has probably not 
been under cultivation for more than 500 years. 




Danvers 
Half- 
Long 



Days to maturity, 65. We consider 
this among the very finest seed stock that 
we offer. The outstanding characteristic 
of this strain is its brilliant orange-red 
color and the fine texture of its flesh. It 
Is free from fiber and has a remarkably 
smooth exterior. (Pale color distinctly 
affects the market value of the Carrot.) 
In shape, this Super-Standard strain of Chantenay is well matched 
has finely cut shoulders, tapers but slightly, cutting in sharply 



Days to maturity, 60. This delicately 
flavored, tender Carrot is a valuable 
addition to our list. It is a comparatively 
quick grower and the rich orange flesh 
will prove a positive delight, even to 
ople who have never enjoyed Carrots 
fore. The delicate texture of the root 
assures complete freedom from the rather 
hard core sometimes found in the larger 
varieties. Our illustration is characteristic 
of the contour of the Coreless. In length 
it will run from 4 to 6 inches. Price, 
delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; V^b. 
45 cts.; lb. $1.50; 5 lbs. or more, $1.45 per lb. 



in the colored illustration herewith. The root 
at the bottom. The mature Carrot is about 
5 inches in length. In season it is midway between Coreless and Danvers. The top is small, making it a desirable 
variety for bunching. This great French variety is now grown privately for us. We take no chances with or- 
dinary commercial stocks. We believe that the expense of an extra dollar per acre is a profitable investment, and 
one which any careful market gardener is willing to invest, for with this stock he will be able to produce a very 
superior product. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; y 4 \b. 45 cts.; lb. $1.50; 5 lbs. or more, $1.40 per lb. 

D J _ T «.___„ C Half T r\r^rf Days to maturity, 75. This variety will not mature for nearly two weeks 
anVCIo llcllI'J-iUri^ . after Chantenay, which it resembles very strikingly in general characteristics, 
except that it is not so stump-rooted and that in general proportions it is slightly larger. Its great advantage 
over Chantenay is that it is not so likely to throw out side roots after reaching maturity. Price, delivered: 
Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 15 cts.; y 4 \b. 35 cts.; lb. $1.25; 5 lbs. or more, $1.15 per lb. 

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PLANT STOKES SEEDS FOR THE VERY BEST VEGETABLES 



White Mountain Erfurt Cauliflower* 




SUPER-STANDARD 

Extremely early, smooth-headed, Snowball-Erfurt type 



Days to maturity, 180. We consider that this is an exceptionally fine stock of Cauliflower. It has been con- 
sistently profitable for those who have grown it, and in competitive trials it has always given a good account of 
itself. In a recent strain-test, held in Erie County, N. Y., this variety was given first place among thirty-five 
commercial competitors. This we consider a very high honor, for the best strains in the country were in compe- 
tition with it. It not only showed earliness, but uniformity of type and perfect heading ability. The name, White 
Mountain Erfurt, is merely used to distinguish it from the other strains of Erfurt. The names Erfurt and Snow- 
ball, as applied to Cauliflower, are now largely synonymous and mean very little, except when amplified by strain 
names. The name Erfurt was given to the variety by a firm in Erfurt, Germany, some twenty years ago. Shortly 
after this, Henderson introduced the variety into the United States under the name Snowball. This general type 
of Cauliflower is the only one of any commercial importance in the United States. You will find that our White 
Mountain strain, technically known as "Madsen No. 3," will be a splendid money-maker. You cannot fail to 
profit by a trial. Price, delivered: Pkt. 25 cts.; oz. $1.50; V 4 lb. $6; lb. $24. 

One ounce of seed produces about 8,000 plants 



*This seed has all been treated with corrosive sublimate to eliminate danger of Black-Leg. It is also partially effective against 
Black-Rot, another Cauliflower disease which is serious in some sections. Be sure that the soil of your seedbed is not infected 
with the fungus of either of these diseases. 



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CELERY 



One ounce of seed produces 
about 20,000 plants 



(Apium graveolens.) Native of Europe. Selinon is referred to by Homer in his Odyssey. This, however, is 
thought to be a wild form of Celery. It has, probably, not been cultivated in this present form more than 300 
years, if that long. 

Golden Plume is the newest acquisition to the list of American varieties of Celery. We believe it is the best 
early Celery ever introduced. Our stocks of Easy-Blanching and Golden Self-Blanching are up to their usual 
standard, both having been proven. Columbia is medium early in maturity. This we consider the best-flavored 
of all the earlier types. The Frost strain of Giant Pascal is added to our list. Pascal has the finest flavor of any 
Celery, and the Frost strain we consider to have great commercial value. 



Golden Plume Celery ^h^w 

SUPER-STANDARD 

See front cover for prize-winning stalk in natural colors 

Days to maturity, 115. It is seldom that we can so whole-heartedly recommend a new variety as we do Golden 
Plume Celery. It will not only mature a week earlier, is larger, and blanches more easily, but it is distinctly more 
blight-resistant than Golden Self-Blanching, to which it is very similar in color and flavor. There are already 
several strains of Golden Plume. Ours has been selected especially for large, solid hearts. Although Golden Plume 
will probably not ever entirely take the place of Golden Self-Blanching, we predict that within two more seasons 
it will be the more important of the two. This Celery will blanch within 5 days, but when ready for market it 
should be handled promptly. 

Our stock of Golden Plume has been grown privately for us in Philadelphia County. Seed has only been saved 
from stalks which have been carefully selected as being true to type, with all of the desirable features. In Golden 
Plume we have another example of the necessity of a central board for the registration of new varietal names. 
This Celery is already being sold under five or six different titles, the commonest of which is Wonderful. With the 
present listing of our Golden Plume we believe we are offering our customers the very finest strain of early Celery 
under cultivation. We believe it will give you the largest return per acre of any Celery you have ever planted. 
Price, delivered: Pkt. $1; oz. $4; y A \b. $10; lb. $40. 

Our Front Cover Picture P not °g ra P n °f t ^ ie stalk of Golden Plume Celery shown in natural colors on 

\jui A iuiii vurci iiuic Qur f r o n t cover was taken in Louisville, Ky., on September 17, at the time of the 
meeting of the Vegetable Growers Association of America. This stalk of Celery was grown by Mr. M. B. McGinnis, 
of Troutdale, Ore., and his exhibit, from which this stalk w^as taken, was the winner of the 1924 Celery King contest, 
as staged by the Market Growers Journal. Not only first prize, but the first three prizes in this contest, were awarded 
to growers exhibiting Golden Plume. Prof. E. G. B. Bouquet, of the Oregon Agricultural College, very kindly chose 
the stalk to be photographed for our cover out of the prize exhibit, as representing the very highest type. You may 
have even greater respect for Golden Plume when you know that the specimen was photographed nine days after 
it was cut. This stalk was 25 inches tall, 12}4 inches in circumference, and A\i inches thick. Out of fairness to a 
competitor, we want to state that we did not supply the seed from which this Celery was grown, this being the 
first year we have offered Golden Plume. Nevertheless, we consider this specimen a very fair sample of the kind of 
Celery our strain will produce. 



Golden Self-Blanching 

SUPER-STANDARD 

{PROVEN STOCK.) Days to maturity, 120. This 
celebrated early market variety was listed by Johnson 
& Stokes in 1894. It was originated by Vilmorin, of 
Paris, a short time previously. The plant is large, 
stocky, and robust and of very fair eating quality. 
(We do not consider any of the early maturing Celeries 
equal in flavor to the late varieties.) Golden Self- 
blanching, because of its early maturing and long- 
keeping qualities, has gained great popularity as a 
fall Celery and is widely used during the Thanksgiving 
season. Our strain has been grown with great care, 
and inasmuch as it is tried and proven a year in ad- 
vance of its sale to our customers, it may be purchased 
with the full assurance that the stock is true to name 
and up to our usual Super-Standard requirements. 
Price, delivered: Pkt. 25c; oz. 75c; y 4 lb. $3; lb. $12. 



Easy-Blanching 

SUPER-STANDARD 

{PROVEN STOCK.) Days to maturity, 120. This 
variety, which is a selection of the green Celery of the 
Golden Self-Blanching type, is now one of the most 
important in the operations of the northern market 
gardener. As with many other good things, there are 
numerous strains of Easy-Blanching, some of great 
merit and some of very little importance. Our strain 
of Easy-Blanching is entered under the Super-Standard 
classification, which means that we have great con- 
fidence in it, believing it to be superior to the average 
commercial run. It's easier to grow, has a delicious 
flavor and that much desired crisp, brittle quality. 
Easy-Blanching will mature just after Golden Self- 
Blanching has been harvested, and if properly stored 
will keep well into the winter. Price, delivered : Pkt. 
25 cts.; oz. $1; y 4 lb. $4; lb. $15. 



PnlnmKia {ORIGINATOR'S STRAIN.) Days 
V^UIUIHUICU to maturity, 130. Columbia, intro- 
duced by Ferry in 1906, is an early-maturing Celery of 
most excellent flavor. The stalks are thick, almost 
round, and in general characteristics very much resem- 
ble Giant Pascal. The leaves are a light green, tinged 
with yellow, and when blanched the heart changes from 
a green-yellow to a light golden yellow. Its time to ma- 
turity, as noted, is slightly later than Golden Self- 
Blanching. We consider Columbia and Giant Pascal the 
two most desirable varieties for the table. Our stock is 
grown for us by the introducer and can be thoroughly 
relied upon. Price, delivered: Pkt. 15 cts.; oz. 40 cts.; 
V 4 lb. $1.50; lb. $6. 



Hiont P^Qr^l STRAIN.) Days to 

VJlcUU 1 dbCctl. ma turity,_ 150. This variety 
we consider to have the most delightful table quality. 
It may be classed as a fall or winter Celery. Its 
medium-height stalks are very thick, the upper portion 
being rounded. It blanches to a beautiful yellow- 
white color, is very solid, crisp, and of a fine nutty 
flavor. There has been a general feeling among Celery 
growers that Pascal was not a variety that could be 
grown successfully commercially. We believe that this 
Frost strain, however, is a definite improvement over 
the original type, and we highly recommend it to all 
growers who have a home market. Price, delivered: 
Pkt. 15 cts.; oz. 40 cts.; y 4 lb. $1.50; lb. $6. 



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QUALITY OF PRODUCT IS OUR FIRST AND ONLY CONSIDERATION 



Winter Queen Celery 

Days to maturity, 150. This is one of the old 
standard winter Celeries, ripening in good time for 
Thanksgiving and the holiday markets. Its quality 
may be described as very good, but we do not consider 
it the equal of Giant Pascal. It will keep very well 
during the winter and is especially recommended as a 
commercial sort. The plants are characterized by 
robust growth, tall stalks with high joints, and rich, 
light golden heart. This is a very dependable winter 
type. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 25 cts.; V^b. 
75 cts.; lb. $2.50. 



Celeriac, Giant Prague 

Days to maturity, 140. In Celeriac the roots have 
been developed by cultivation. Its culture is very 
similar to Celery. After the roots have obtained a 
diameter of 2 inches they are fit for use. They may be 
stored for winter use in similar manner as carrots, 
beets, etc. Celeriac is a very desirable vegetable and 
deserves wider recognition. It is excellent for soups 
and stews and also as a salad. Plant in rows 2 feet 
apart and set plants 6 inches apart in the row. Price, 
delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 25 cts.; y 4 lb. 75 cts.; 
lb. $2.50. 



Guard Against Celery Blight 

Golden Plume is less subject to blight than some other varieties, but no celery is free from it. Commence 
spraying with a strong solution of Bordeaux Mixture soon after transplanting, repeating the application every 
week during the growing season. When the blight is severe, spray twice a week. The following mixture is 
recommended: 4 lbs. Blue Stone, 4 lbs. Lime in 50 gals, water, applied under at least 250 pounds pressure. 




mm 



Golden Self-Blanching Celery 
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SWEET CORN 



{Zea mays var. saccharata.) Probably native of Peru. Recent discoveries indicate that it was growing much 
in its present form far back into geological time — perhaps 100,000 years. The first reference to Sweet Corn was 
reported near Plymouth, Mass., as having come from the Susquehanna Indians in 1779. 

One-fourth pound of seed plants 100 hills; 12 pounds plant an acre 

We limit our Corn varieties this year to six. The earliest of these is Early Malcolm, a very creditable variety 
for such an early one. This is followed by a special selection of Golden Bantam which will prove a valuable one. 
The next two in point of earliness are an improved strain of Kendel's Early Giant and Sunny Slope Special, which 
are about equal in earliness and general characteristics. These are followed closely by Double-barreled Best, an 
old Stokes variety which we now offer for the last time. We have discontinued listing Stowell's Evergreen largely 
because we do not consider it a desirable table size. Our list is concluded by a good stock of Country Gentleman, 
an old standard which in table quality is always desirable. Keep in mind the fact that flavor in Sweet Corn is 
possible only before the starch period develops; also that its flavor in average summer temperature starts to 
go within 20 minutes after Corn is cut. 



Early Malcolm 



The great 55-day Sweet Corn from the Far North. Of Russian-Canadian origin 

Days to maturity, 55. We were the first to introduce this valuable variety in the United States, four 
years ago. One of its parents was Early Malakoff, a Russian variety. It is one of the earliest Sweet Corns in 
existence, maturing some ten days ahead of Bantam. Its stalk is only 3^2 feet high, and many of our custo- 
mers have been greatly surprised to find that it produces a well-filled ear 6 inches in length. By planting in 
the latitude of Philadelphia, May 10, marketable ears are ready by July 4. This variety is high in sugar 
content and is delicious to the taste. Vegetable growers who cater to home markets are recommended to 
put in part of their acreage to Early Malcolm. Experience has shown that it is difficult for it to make a 
place in large city markets which are so often swamped with White Field Corn during the early days of the 
season. The place of Early Malcolm may be limited, but it has a very definite one. Price, delivered: 
V 4 lb. 15 cts.; lb. 35 cts.; 2 lbs. 60 cts.; 5 lbs. $1.35; 50 lbs. $12.50. 

Golden Bantam 

SUPER-STANDARD 

Acclimated to the Middle Atlantic States. A very 
true type. The result of a five-year selection 

{BURLINGTON COUNTY STRAIN.} Days to ma- 
turity, 70. Golden Bantam never held a more firm 
position than it does today. We believe its delicious 
flavor is surpassed by none, and the consuming public, 
often slow to accept anything new, now really knows 
the quality of Golden Bantam and is willing to pay 
for it. There have been a number of crosses of Golden 
Bantam with larger types and selections for Iargei 
ears. We have resisted this tendency, believing thai 
the 8-rowed type is the most desirable from ever> 
point of view. The selection we now have is between 

6 and 7 inches in length. It is of deep orange color and 
high flavor. This seed is grown privately for us in our 
own Burlington County, N. J. farm, and we offer it to 
our trade with no small degree of enthusiasm. It will 
hold its own against Bantam from any other part of 
the United States. Price, delivered: y 4 lb. 15 cts.; lb. 
30 cts.; 2 lbs. 50 cts.; 5 lbs. $1.20; 50 lbs. $11.50. 

Stokes Double-Barreled 
Best (1912) 

An early evergeen type. 60 per cent double-eared 

Days to maturity, 80. This variety was introduced 
by the late Walter P. Stokes twelve years ago, and in 
that period it has made a great deal of money for 
New Jersey truckers. As its name implies, it has a 
marked tendency to produce two ears to the stalk, 
this holding about 60 per cent true. The ears are 

7 inches in length, and are high in sugar content. We 
expect that 1925 will be the last year that we will offer 
Double-barreled Best. By that time we expect to 
have one or more strains developed which will fill its 
place to better advantage. This, then, is the last 
opportunity our customers will have of securing 
Double-barreled Best from the introducers. Price, 
delivered:- V 4 lb. 15 cts.; lb. 30 cts.; 2 lbs. 50 cts.; 
5 lbs. $1.20; 50 lbs. $10. 




Golden Bantam, Burlington Co. Strain 



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Kendel's Early Giant 

SUPER-STANDARD 

Extra-early and large strain. Cutting 8,000 ears 
per acre in 1924 

Days to maturity, 75. We want to call particular 
attention to our strain of Kendel's Early Giant and to 
its performance this past season. A section of the same 
field from which our seed selection was made was cut for 
market and it averaged 8,000 ears per acre. The New 
Jersey state average is between 5,000 and 6,000 ears 
per acre. A neighboring piece of Howling Mob went 
7,250 ears per acre. Howling Mob is a variety we have 
not listed, and, ordinarily, it is claimed to be a higher 
yielder than Kendel's Early Giant, but in a large field- 
test this year it did not prove so, although it was one 
week earlier. This selection will run 50 per cent double- 
eared; the ear has 14 rows and will average 10 inches. 
This stock is an eight-year selection for size, earliness, 
and uniformity. It should not be confused with ordi- 
nary strains of Kendel's Early Giant, for we consider it 
far superior. It was one week earlier in maturing than 
Double-Barreled Best. Compared to Sunny Slope 
Special, it is about the same, maturing perhaps three 
days later. We feel that it is fully as valuable as Sunny 
Slope and perhaps slightly more uniform. Price, 
delivered: y 4 lb. 15 cts.; lb. 30 cts.; 2 lbs. 50 cts.; 5 lbs. 
$1.20; 50 lbs. $11.50. 

Sunny Slope Special 

(1924) 

A very profitable Corn for truckers 

Days to maturity, 72. Sunny Slope Special is another 
origination of A. L. Ritchie, a successful New Jersey 
farmer who was originally responsible for Double- 
Barreled Best. Sunny Slope Special — the title coming 
from the name of his farm — has been developed to 
meet the requirement for an early-maturing Corn of 
good table quality and size. Under ordinary condi- 
tions, Sunny Slope will mature a day or so after Golden 
Bantam, and will equal the well-known Howling Mob, 
a variety with a much smaller ear, and therefore a less 
profitable sort for the basket market. Sunny Slope 
Special will be found to have remarkably thick ears — 
a marked point in its favor where Corn is sold by either 
weight or measure. We do not believe that Sunny Slope 
is the last word in Sweet Corn development, for Corn 
is one of the most pliable of vegetables. We are still 
working on further improvements for earliness, size, 
etc., realizing the value of the early market. Price, 
delivered: V 4 lb. 15 cts.; lb. 30 cts.; 2 lbs. 50 cts.; 5 lbs. 
$1.20; 50 lbs. $10. , 





Sunny Slope Special 



Country Gentleman or 
Improved Shoe-Peg 

Days to maturity, 85. This well-known broken-row 
type has been on the market for over thirty years. It 
was developed from the older Shoe-Peg as introduced 
by Johnson & Stokes in 1890. The depth of the grain 
is one of its most desirable characteristics. The ears 
are about 6 inches long. Because of their small cir- 
cumference, however, this variety is grown on a large 
commercial scale only for canning purposes, but for 
gardeners having a home market it is very desirable 
and it will be found in strong demand, for the consuming 
public knows Country Gentleman equally as well as 
Golden Bantam. Price, delivered: V^b. 15 cts.; lb. 
30 cts.; 2 lbs. 50 cts.; 5 lbs. $1.20; 50 lbs. $10. 



Note on Control of the Corn-Ear Worm 

Dr. T. J. Headlee, of the New Jersey Experiment Station, has very kindly supplied us with data for 
control of Corn-ear Worm, certainly the most serious pest of Sweet Corn in the northeastern states. This 
pest has many aliases, the most common of which is Boll Weevil, the great plague of the Southern cotton- 
growers. Early planting tends to bring about the silking of the Corn before the insect has developed its 
most injurious brood, but with subsequent replantings, as are necessary with Sweet Corn, this is out of 
the question. Although there is no method by which all injury of Corn-ear Worm can be prevented, 80 
or more per cent of the injury can be eliminated by the following treatment: As soon as the snow-white, 
globular eggs make their appearance on the silk, treatment with sulfo-arsenical dust should begin immedi- 
ately. This dust should consist of 50 parts finely ground sulphur (200 mesh) and 50 parts powdered lead 
arsenate. The aoplication should be made to the upturned portion of the silk by using a tin sifter or cheese 
cloth bag, and should be continued until the silk turns brown or the ears are cut for market. In applying 
this dust, be sure that any untreated blocks of Corn are not adjacent, for the partly grown worm, in some 
cases, will migrate to them, penetrating the husk and doing great damage to the ear. Great vigilance is 
necessary for the success of this operation, examination of Corn-blocks being necessary every day or two 
in order to determine the first deposition of eggs upon the silk, which may happen immediately after the 
silk first appears. These globular eggs are stuck to the silk by the parent moth and are easily detected with 
a reading-glass. The above treatment will also give partial control against damage by the Japanese Beetle. 



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CUCUMBER* 



One ounce of seed plants 100 hills; 
2 pounds plant an acre 



{Cucumis sativus.) A native probably of the East Indies. Under cultivation from the most remote times — at 
least 10,000 years. 

This year we have reduced our Cucumber list to three varieties. Our leader is Windermoor Wonder, the 
handsome, long, dark green Cucumber which is fast making a place for itself commercially in all markets. 
This has now been very profitably grown both under glass and in the field. Of the White Spine type, we 
now offer the Hybrid White Spine which we believe is the best of its class. The market value of a slicing 
Cucumber is in proportion to its brilliant dark green appearance — therefore our choice. In the pickling 
types, we have chosen Snow's Chicago Pickle as being the most satisfactory of its class. 



Stokes Windermoor Wonder (wi7) 

SUPER-STANDARD = — >- 

The very best long, emerald-green Cucumber for greenhouse forcing or field cultivation 

Days to maturity, 65. Our Company had the honor of introducing this Cucumber eight years ago. It 
has steadily gained in popularity and now is considered by everyone who knows it to be the most attractive 
variety grown in this country. It also has proven to be one of the most profitable commercially, for there 
is no more handsome Cucumber on the market. It is a hybrid between the English Telegraph and the Davis 
Perfect, the result being the type which is faithfully represented in natural colors on the opposite page. Its 
most striking feature is its rich, dark green color, which extends its full length. In place of the usual white 
stripes at the end, Windermoor Wonder has the most alluring bright green stripes which definitely add to its 
brilliant appearance. Its yield is at least 50 per cent greater than Davis Perfect and its average length is 
between 10 and 12 inches. Remarkably straight and thin for such a long Cucumber and its keeping quality 
under midsummer conditions is remarkable. The seed cavity is very small, which is in its favor as a slicing 
variety, but this naturally makes the seed more expensive. 

Windermoor Wonder will find a place on any market. We suggest that it be sold in crates rather than in 
baskets, as its attractive appearance can thus be better appreciated. Some of the most careful growers 
have individually wrapped the fruits in tissue paper, as is done in England with some of the greenhouse 
types. The nearest variety to Windermoor Wonder that we know of is Abundance, which is grown in the 
Irondequoit (New York) district. As we understand it, this is a cross between Telegraph and White Spine, 
but the result is not so satisfactory, especially from the point of view of the deep color of the fruit, Winder- 
moor being a distinctly richer green. This past season we have seen splendid crops of Windermoor Wonder, 
both under greenhouse cultivation and under open-field cultivation. We unhesitatingly recommend it for 
either, feeling that it will prove the most profitable Cucumber that can be grown. Price, delivered: Pkt. 
10 cts.; oz. 50 cts.; V 4 lb. $1 ; lb. $4; 5 lbs. or more, $3.75 per lb. 



Hybrid White Spine 

SUPER-STANDARD 

Days to maturity, 60. We are satisfied that Hybrid 
White Spine is the best of the medium-length White 
Spine types. The value of this Cucumber over ordinary 
strains is in its brilliant green color, which holds for 
several days after the fruits are gathered. In length 
the fruits will average 7 inches, being about 2 x /i inches 
in diameter in the middle and tapering slightly toward 
the ends. We consider this the best Cucumber of the 
basket sort for shipment and is of excellent quality for 
slicing. The slight additional cost of this seed over the 
usual strains of White Spine is very quickly overcome 
when the harvest begins. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10c; 
oz. 15 cts.; y 4 lb. 50 cts.; lb. $2. 



Our Windermoor Wonder 
Cucumber Photograph 

The reproduction on the opposite page has been made from 
a photograph of a fruit grown by a loyal customer of ours, 
Wesley U. Herr & Son, of Salona, Clinton County, Pa. This 
specimen was grown in their greenhouse and forwarded to the 
J. Horace McFarland Co., who photographed it and gave it its 
natural colors. We recommend that Windermoor Wonder be 
sold in crates rather than in baskets. 



Snow's Chicago Pickle 

Days to maturity, 55. We consider this the best of 
the pickling Cucumbers. It has a rich dark green color, 
is uniformly cylindrical in shape, and is early maturing. 
With careful cultivation and the usual spraying of 
Bordeaux Mixture, this variety should have a picking 
from midsummer until frost. As a picking type which is 
a perfectly formed, of miniature size, rather coarsely 
spined, crisp and of excellent quality, Snow's Chicago 
Pickle is recommended for all general purposes. We 
believe it is very much superior to the old Green 
Prolific or Boston Pickling which we have carried for a 
number of years. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; 
oz. 15 cts.; y 4 \b. 35 cts.; lb. $1.25; 5 lbs. or more, 
$1.15 per lb. 

Indoor Cucumbers Should Be 
Pollinated by Bees 

It is difficult to try to grow Cucumbers in the greenhouse 
without supplying some means of artificial fertilization. We 
recommend a hive of honey-bees for every 200 lineal feet. Place 
this hive on the outside of the house so that it fronts on an open 
pane of glass. If your house is over 200 feet long, we would 
advise having a hive near each end, on opposite sides of the 
house. 



*VI««. r , «««, TT^^^I^o Cucumbers, melons, squashes, etc., are subject to a number of insect and disease enemies. Ihe 
V ine l^rOp enemies. fi rst f t h ese is the Aphid or Green Plant-Lice which feed on the under side of young leaves. For 
control, spray with nicotine sulphate, 3 ,fpint in 100 gallons of water, with 5 pounds of soap added. Sprayer must be fitted with an 
upturn nozzle. The Striped Cucumber Beetle is dangerous because it not only eats the young vines, but it also spreads bacterial 
disease known as wilt. Control: Spray carefully with Bordeaux Mixture and Arsenate of Lead, keeping the plants constantly 
covered thereafter and promptly destroying any diseased plants. Downy Mildew or Blight is the most serious fungous disease of 
Cucumbers and melons. The leaves become mottled, yellow, and later dry up. For control: A Bordeaux Mixture of 5 pounds 
copper sulphate, 5 pounds lime in 50 gallons of water should be applied every week or ten days with no let-up throughout the entire 



season. 



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STOKES WINDERMOOR WONDER 

This famous Cucumber, introduced by our firm in 1917 and named in honor of our old seed farm, is one of the 

most valuable varieties that can be grown 

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Brussels Sprouts 



CAMBRIDGE CHAMPION (Extra Select). Days to 
maturity, 125. Four ounces plant an acre. The 
stalk of this variety grows about 2 feet high, bearing 
a generous supply of firm, well-rounded Sprouts. In 
the fall, break down the lower leaves and let the 
small Sprouts properly develop. A great delicacy 
which is finding a broader market everv season. Price, 
delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 40 cts.; y 4 lb. $1.25. 



Chicory 



WITLOOF. Time for maturity of roots, 4 months. 
Also known as French Endive. This makes a very 
desirable salad. Plant seed in May or June. Dig 
roots in October. Place them horizontally in warm 
vegetable cellar. Within three or four weeks tender 
white stalks will develop. Cutting season lasts over 
several weeks. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; 
oz. 20 cts.; y 4 lb. 60 cts.; lb. $1.50; 5 lbs. or more, 
$1.40 per lb. 

Dandelion 

BROAD-LEAVED. Time for maturity, one year. This 
variety is far superior to the common or uncultivated 
Dandelion. It has a broad, thick leaf which is of a 
deep green color. It is compact and tufted at the 
center. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 50 cts.; 



V 4 lb. $2; lb. $8. 



Eggplant 



BLACK BEAUTY. Days to maturity, 125. This is the 
most desirable variety for cultivation in the Middle 
Atlantic States; very prolific, bearing brilliant purple- 
black fruits, almost egg-shaped, and averaging 8 
inches. Eggplant suffers severely from fungous 
diseases, and, so far, no blight-resistant strain has 
been developed, all claims to the contrary not- 
withstanding. Regular spraying with Bordeaux will 
partially control this. Moisture conservation is 
important and care should be taken not to injure the 
fruits by horse-drawn cultivators. Price, delivered: 
Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 45 cts.; V 4 lb. $1.50; lb. $5. 



Endive 



Black Beauty Eggplant 



GREEN CURLED. Days to maturity, 100. Sometimes 
called Mammoth Green Curled. The rosette head 
will average 15 inches across. It is of a rich dark 
green color and is finely cut and divided. The center 
blanches easily to a rich yellow gold. Price, de- 
livered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; V 4 lb. 40 cts.; 
lb. $1.25; 5 lbs. or more, $1.15 per lb. 

BROAD-LEAVED BATAVIAN, or ESCAROLLE. Days 
to maturity, 100. This variety has smaller heads 
than the Green Curled. The leaves are coarser and 
more or less twisted and although toothed at the 
edges are not as finely cut as our other variety. It is 
a variety which is easily blanched if tied. The inner 
leaves are extremely tender and crisp, making a 
delicious salad. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; 
oz. 20 cts.; y 4 lb. 40 cts.; lb. $1.25; 5 lbs. or more, 
$1.15 per lb. 

Herbs 

DILL. An annual growing to a height of 2}^ feet. The 
flowers are bright yellow. The dried seeds are used 
as a condiment and also for pickling and flavoring. 
Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 15 cts.; V 4 lb.25 cts.; 
lb. 75 cts. 

SWEET MARJORAM. A perennial grown as an 
annual. The flowers are small and white. The leaves 
and shoots are used for seasoning purposes. Price, 
delivered: Pkt. 10c; oz. 25c; V 4 lb. 75c; lb. $2.50. 

SUMMER SAVORY. A highly fragrant annual plant. 
Height 10 inches. The leaves and young shoots are 
used for flavoring. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; 
oz. 25 cts.; V 4 lb. 75 cts.; lb. $2.50. 

THYME, BROAD-LEAVED ENGLISH. A perennial 
herb usually planted in permanent beds. The seed 
is sown in the early spring. The leaves and young 
shoots are used for seasoning, either while green or 
when dried. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 50c; 
V 4 lb. $1.70; lb. $6. 



Kale 




DWARF CURLED SCOTCH. Days to maturity, 55. 
One pound plants an acre. In quality this is the best 
Kale under cultivation. It is extensively grown for 
the large eastern markets. Our stock is beautifully 
curled, low growing, spreading, and remarkably 
hardv. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 15 cts.; 
V 4 lb. 30 cts.; lb. $1; 5 lbs. or more, 90 cts. per lb. 



Kohlrabi 



EARLY WHITE VIENNA. Days to maturity, 50. Four 
pounds plant an acre. This is the most desirable 
variety for extra-early forcing or for field cultivation. 
It has small tops and the bulbs are of the best quality, 
being of a very light green-white color. Best when 2 
inches in diameter. White Vienna is con- 
siderably earlier than Purple Vienna or Large 
Green. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; 
oz. 20 cts.; V^lb. 60 cts.; lb. $2; 5 lbs. or more, 
$1.75 per lb. 



Leek 



MONSTROUS CARENTAN. Four pounds 
plant an acre. This is the largest variety of 
Leek, which may be classed as a desirable fall 
or winter substitute for green onion. Carentan 
grows to a diameter of from 2 to 3 inches. 
The quality is mild and tender. For the 
development of white, tender transparent 
Leek, gradually earth up like Celery. Makes 
a very valuable flavoring for soup or may be 
boiled and served as asparagus. Price, deliver- 
ed: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; y 4 lb. 60c; lb. $2. 



Okra 



EXTRA-EARLY DWARF GREEN PROLIFIC. 

Eight pounds plant an acre. This is a very 
productive and very early Okra, developing 
deep green, short pods somewhat corrugated, 
tender, and of delicious quality. Price, de- 
livered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 15 cts.; V 4 lb. 25 cts.; 
lb. 75 cts.; 5 lbs. or more, 70 cts. per lb. 



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Big Boston 



QUALITY OF PRODUCT IS OUR FIRST AND ONLY CONSIDERATION 

Green-Leaved Big Boston Lettuce 

SUPER-STANDARD 

{PROVEN STOCK.) Days to maturity, 75. This strain is the result of very careful personal selection, and must 
in no way be confused with the ordinary strains of Unrivaled, etc. Green-leaved Big Boston Lettuce was intro- 
duced as such by us in 1916, and it proved at once to be profitable and popular. It is very similar to Big Boston in 
all but one of its general characteristics, and therein lies its great advantage — it does not have the usual red tinge 
on the edge of the leaves. The time required for its maturity is slightly less than that for Big Boston. Its heads 
are large, uniform, and of brilliant green color. They will hold two weeks before shooting to seed. In offering this 
strain of Lettuce, we do so, sincerely believing it is as near perfect as any Lettuce we have ever had under our 
observation. Color of seed, white. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10c; oz.40c; y 4 lb.$1.25; lb. $4.50; 5 lbs. or more, $4 per lb. 

Grand Rapids 

SUPER-STANDARD 

{PROVEN STOCK.} Days to maturity, 69. We con- 
sider this to be one of the most valuable strains of 
Grand Rapids Lettuce, either for indoor forcing or field 
cultivation. We realize that this is an important green- 
house crop and are taking no chances. All of the seed 
we offer was grown in 1923 and has been given thorough 
trials. Forms a loosely rounded cluster of leaves, 
blistered and slightly twisted, very thick and heavy 
with coarse veins, very light green, never spotted or 
brownish. Table quality not so good as Simpson or 
Salamander. Seeds black, slow to germinate. Price, 
delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; y 4 lb. 75 cts.; 
lb. $3; 5 lbs. or more, $2.75 per lb. 

Black-Seeded Simpson. ? u a ?f t pi: 

This is one of the most desirable loose-leaved varieties 
of Lettuce. The leaves are very much blistered, 
crumpled, and twisted, with large midribs. The 
color is very light green, never spotted or 
brownish. The table quality is excellent. 
Color of seed black. Price, delivered: 
Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; V 4 lb. 75 cts.; 
lb. $3; 5 lbs. or more, $2.75 per lb. 

Green- 
Leaved 
Big 

Boston 



SUPER-STANDARD 

{PROVEN STOCK.) Days to maturity, 78. In our 
Super-Standard strain we offer a stock of seed against 
which we challenge comparison to any stocks that are 
available. Big Boston is a white-seeded, cabbage- 
heading Lettuce of the butter type, medium large, 
globular, medium light green, with, slight tinge of 
brown on margin of outer leaves. It is early and hardy 
and stands long-distance shipping. The head itself is 
brittle, buttery, and the interior almost golden yellow. 
The mature plant will form a compact, well-defined 
hard head. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; 
V 4 lb. 75 cts.; lb. $3; 5 lbs. or more, $2.75 per lb. 

Q _ 1 J _ (Synonyms : Black-seeded Ten- 

Oaiainanaer. n is Ball, Ail-Year-Round, 

Bloomsdale Butter, Sensation, etc.) Days to maturity, 
71. Grown in America for 115 years. It is a butter va- 
riety, strictly cabbage heading, large to 
medium in size, early-intermediate in season, 
standing well before shooting to seed. 
Head light green, but not spotted or 
brownish. The quality is excellent. 

Price, delivered: 
Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 
20 cts.; V 4 lb. 
75 cts.; lb. $3; 
5 lbs. or more, 
J.75 per lb. 




Favlv Wl-lJtA FVklrlinrV or TRIANON COS. Days to maturity, 82. We believe this to be 

JL^CU ly VVllilC kJCll-l IJlUlllg the best _ strain of the most satisfactory Cos variety. Its uni- 
formity of type may be unquestioned by the most particular growers. The Trianon forms a compact, blanched, 
firm head, round at the top. Color very dark green on the outside but well blanched on the inside. Exceedingly 
crisp and sweet. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; y 4 \b. 75 cts.; lb. $3; 5 lbs. or more, $2.75 per lb. 
One-fourth ounce of Lettuce seed sows 100 feet of drill; 3 pounds sow an acre 



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FRANCIS C STOKES g CO., 235 EAST WASHINGTON SQ., PHILADELPHIA 



One ounce of Musk- 
melon seed plants 
100 hills; 2 pounds 
plant an acre. 



See page 14 for con- 
trol of insect and 
disease enemies on 
\ vine crops. 






Hearts of Gold Muskmelon 



A highly rust-resistant and 
very profitable Melon 



SUPER-STANDARD 



Days to maturity, 95. This highly flavored Cantaloupe was developed by the late Roland Morrill, a famous 
Michigan melon-grower. It is called, by some, Improved Hoodoo, but was considered entirely distinct by Mr. 
Morrill, who claimed that it is the result of an accidental cross between Osage and Netted Gem. It combines the 
thick, golden flesh of the Osage with the heavy netting and thin rind of the Netted Gem type of Rocky Ford. It is 
about 25 per cent larger than the standard Rocky Ford type. One of the strongest features which we claim for 
Hearts of Gold is its very high rust-resistant quality. In our trial-ground this past season it showed far greater 
resistance than any other variety, and this has been the experience of many others. It is also remarkably hardy 
and withstands heavier frosts than other varieties. From the standpoint of flavor it is among the most delightful 
ever produced. As a commercial melon, especially for home markets — private homes and hotels — we most en- 
thusiastically recommend Hearts of Gold. With proper cultivation it should maintain a picking season for from 
four to eight weeks. We thoroughly recommend it as a melon which should have a prominent place in the Middle 
Atlantic States. Price, delivered : Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; V^lb. 60 cts.; lb. $2; 5 lbs. or more, $1.85 per lb. 



Stokes Sugar-Sweet. hy, ys < 



to matur- 
95. (Also 

known as Early Knight, Maryland, Sweet Air, etc.) 
This is the only green-fleshed melon that we list. The 
trend seems to be definitely toward melons with orange 
flesh, and we are quite sure that the public knows what 
it wants, for the orange-fleshed melon is ordinarily of 
higher flavor. Stokes Sugar-Sweet is a melon about 
7 inches in diameter, well netted, and very productive. 
Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; V 4 lb. 45 cts.; 
lb. $1.50; 5 lbs. or more, $1.40 per lb. 



Fordhook. 



Days to maturity, 95. This 
orange-fleshed melon has now been 
on the market about sixteen years and is well known 
to the truckers of the Middle Atlantic States. It is 
not a large melon, averaging but 53^ inches across 
and 33^2 inches deep. This is distinctly a basket melon 
and when well-grown from selected seed will prove 
profitable to the grower and a delight to the consumer 
for it is highlv flavored. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; 
oz. 15 cts.; ?/ 4 lb. 40 cts.; lb. $1.50; 5 lbs. or more, 
$1.40 per lb. 



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STOKES SEEDS ARE SOLD UNDER A PERCENTAGE OF GERMINATION 



The Bender Muskmelon 



A large, early, high- 
flavored variety 



S. / y 



SUPER-STANDARD 



Days to maturity, 90. The Bender, up to this time, has been a New York State melon. Developed by Mr. 
Bender, a market gardener near Schenectady, N. Y., from the old Bender Surprise, it is now grown by perhaps 90 
per cent of the commercial growers in that state. The Bender is a large, round melon, averaging 10 inches in 
diameter. Because of its size there is a natural tendency to give the individual melons more care than is the case 
with the smaller basket melons. Its highly flavored, deep orange flesh is of very fine texture and has come to be 
looked upon by melon-buyers as one of the most reliable on the market. When well-grown and properly harvested 
and cared for, it is consistently delicious. The fact that the melon is ten-Iobed makes it very convenient for hotels 
and restaurants to sell in individual slices. Well-grown Benders retail at from 30 to 40 cents each; restaurants 
usually ask 15 to 25 cents for each of the ten portions. On this basis it is profitable all around. The Bender is 
usually planted under glass, in pots or in bands, and transplanted. The seed is planted about May 25, and the 
melons are ready about August 20, exact dates depending on seasonal conditions. Conscientious melon-growers 
now know that it does not pay to pick melons from dead or diseased vines, for the flavor is entirely gone from them. 
Don't fail to give it a trial. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; y 4 lb. 75 cts.; lb. $3; 5 lbs. or more, $2.75 
per lb. 

Fordhook Early Watermelon 

This remarkable melon, maturing in 95 days, is the earliest that we know. It will grow to a length of about 18 
inches and a thickness of 10 inches. In quality we consider it is better than the Harris Earliest, which we have 
carried for a number of years, but which is now discontinued. Fordhook Early will mature farther north than any 
other Watermelon in the latitude of central Pennsylvania. It will produce fine marketable melons three weeks 
ahead of Kleckley Sweet. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; y 4 lb. 45 cts.; lb. $1.50; 5 lbs. or more, 
$1.40 per lb. 



The Angeleno (White-seeded) 



A very attractive Watermelon 
with a rare flavor 



Days to maturity, 100. The Angeleno is a melon which, until now, has not been grown in this country in a large 
way outside of California, where it is looked on as a great delicacy. One of its most unusual features is its green- 
black rind, which develops gold stripes as the melon ripens, this having a tendency to stand out beyond the surface 
of the fruit. The Angeleno is globular in shape, resembling somewhat the old Kolb's Gem. Under good conditions 
it will grow to a large size. No other variety can compare with the bright red Angeleno. The seed of this melon 
has a tendency to split. We, therefore, advise soaking it in water a few hours just before planting. By thus 
preparing the seed it will quickly germinate, but if planted before soaking the seed is likely to decay. This is an 
important point and must not be overlooked. Angeleno melons need never be picked green if you wait for the full 
development of the gold vein. This is well worth a trial in any melon patch. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; 
oz. 20 cts.; y 4 lb. 60 cts.; lb. $2; 5 lbs. or more, $1.85 per lb. 



Improved Kleckley Sweet 



A much larger strain than 
the old Kleckley Watermelon 



SUPER-STANDARD 



Days to maturity, 120. This new strain is a decided advance over the old Kleckley Sweet introduced twenty- 
five years ago. The old type had a tendency to run somewhat small and met considerable criticisms on this account. 
In our Improved Kleckley Sweet this objection is completely overcome. This has been accomplished without any 
loss in quality. The Improved Kleckley will average about 24 inches in length. The rind is a rich green and the 
flesh bright scarlet. Seeds white. We recommend this Improved stock to all truckers catering to home markets. 
Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; y 4 lb. 60 cts.; lb. $2; 5 lbs. or more, $1.85 per lb. 

One ounce of Watermelon seed 

plants 100 feet of drill; 2 pounds ^msm^' 
plant an acre 




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FRANCIS C. STOKES 8c CO., 235 EAST WASHINGTON SQ., PHILADELPHIA 



PARSNIP 

(Pastinaca sativa.) Native of Europe. Under cultivation 2,000 years 



One-fourth ounce of seed plants 100 feet of drill; 
3 pounds plant an acre 



Champion 
Moss 
Curled 
Parsley 




Model Hollow Crown 

SUPER-STANDARD 

Extra-selected strain from transplanted roots 

The stock we offer this year is the result of several years' selection. It 
has been graded to an average length of about 8 inches. The roots are 
smooth, pure white, and are extremely free from side rootlets. The pure 
white luster of this Super-Standard strain is one of its most valuable assets. 
Almost all commercial Parsnip seed is grown from roots which are not 
transplanted, so that little or no selection is possible. By using our seed 
you will at once notice a vast difference. The slight increase 
in the cost of seed from transplanted roots is well worth it. 
Try this strain once and you will be amazed at the results, 
not only in the brilliant, uniform appearance, but in the 
fine texture of the root itself. Be sure that your soil is 
well prepared to a depth of 10 inches before planting. 
Parsnips never have the right flavor until after the first 
hard frost. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; 
y 4 lb. 45 cts.; lb. $1.50; 5 lbs. or more, $1.40 per lb. 

PARSLEY 

One-fourth ounce of seed plants 100 feet of 
drill; 3 pounds plant an acre 

Champion Moss Curled 

Days to maturity, 60. The rich, dark green 
and the very finely curled and cut leaves make 
this a very excellent sort for garnishing. It is 
best for this purpose when about 6 inches tall. 
Our strain is highly recommended. Price, 
delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 15 cts.; y 4 lb. 35 cts.; 
lb. $1; 5 lbs. or more, 90 cts. per lb. 

Hamburg Turnip-Rooted 

Days to maturity, 90. Both the root and the 
leaves of this variety are used to advantage. The 
root resembles the rooted parsnip in color and 
shape, although usually not as heavy. It may be 
stored for winter use. The leaves are very similar 
to plain Parsley and are especially desirable for 
flavoring. For this purpose they are much 
more desirable than the 
curled types. Price, de- 
livered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 
20 cts.; V 4 lb. 40 cts.; lb. 
$1.25; 5 lbs. or more, 
$1.15 per lb. 



Prizetaker 
Onion 

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PLANT STOKES SEEDS FOR THE VERY BEST VEGETABLES 



ONION 



One-half ounce of seed plants 100 feet of row; 
4 pounds plant an acre 




(Allium Cepa.) Native of western Asia. One of the vegetables which has been under cultivation from the 
most remote times. 



Mammoth Yellow Prizetaker 

1887 

The best of the old Spanish types 

Days to maturity, 110. Introduced by Johnson & 
Stokes in 1887 as Spanish King Prizetaker. When fully 
matured it will average 4 inches in diameter. The color 
of the outside skin is a rich yellow, while the flesh inside 
is white, mild, and sweet. Under special cultivation 
these bulbs have been known to weigh as much as 5 
pounds apiece. As an Onion for fall and early winter 
use, Mammoth Yellow Prizetaker is very highly recom- 
mended. It will prove, however, to be a good winter 
keeper, such as the Southports or as Yellow Globe 
Danvers. On muck soil Prizetaker has a tendency to 
become soft, and we would warn against its use as a 
muck crop. See colored photograph opposite. Price, 
delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; y 4 lb. 50 cts.; lb. 
$1.75; 5 lbs. or more, $1.65 per lb. 

Southport White Globe. SSUy! 

110. The standard type grown in large quantities for 
commercial purposes. In size and shape it is similar to 
the Yellow Globe and in color it is crystal white, the 
inside flesh also being pure white. This is, perhaps, the 
most desirable table variety as its flavor is extremely 
mild. Price, delivered. Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; y 4 lb. 
75 cts.; lb. $3; 5 lbs. or more, $2.75 per lb. 

Southport Yellow Globe. 

Days to maturity, 110. This is one of the most 
popular vaiieties for winter storage. It is grown on 
a large scale. Our strain will produce a symmetri- 
cal, globe-shaped bulb, averaging about 3 
inches in diameter. The neck is very 
small. In color it is a rich golden yel- 
low, and inside flesh is creamy 
white, mild, tender and sweet, jjp' 
Price, delivered: Pkt. 10c; oz. 
20c; y 4 lb. 50c; lb. $1.75; 
5 lbs. or more, $1.65 per lb. 



Southport Red Globe. P u a r f t s y , to Tw. 

The red Onion is grown in very large quantities, es- 
pecially in some of our mid-western districts. Our 
strain will prove to be a very uniform one, the shape of 
the bulb being similar to Yellow and White Globe. The 
color is deep crimson, the inside flesh being slightly 
tinged with purple. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts., 
oz. 20 cts.; y 4 lb. 50 cts.; lb. $1.75; 5 lbs. or more, $1.65 
per lb. 

White Portugal Z "iJSS 

old European variety develops an Onion slightly over 
3 inches in diameter, with a depth of about V/2 inches. 
Its pure white flesh has a delightful flavor. It is cer- 
tainly milder than any other Onion we offer. This variety 
also makes a very desirable set Onion. Price, delivered : 
Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; y 4 lb. 75 cts.; lb. $3; 5 lbs. or 
more, $2.75 per lb. 

Ebenezer or Japanese 

Days to maturity, 98. This Onion has had a renewal 
of life by its reintroduction under the name of Japanese 
four years ago. As a matter of fact, it has been known 
in New York state under the name of Ebenezer for a 
number of years, being especially popular in the 
western part of the State. There are several reasons for 
its popularity : It has great keeping qualities and 
* is mild and tender for table purposes; the 

, Onions are remarkably firm and solid; in shape 
y they are very similar to the older Round Yel- 
low Danvers which were medium flat. Full size 
Onions may be grown from either seed or sets. 
Ebenezer sets are available in some quarters. 
\. We do not handle anything, however, but 
' ^ 'Onion seed. Price, delivered: Pkt. 

10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; y 4 lb. 75 cts.; 
lb. $3 ; 5 lbs. or more, $2.75 per lb. 



Southport 
Globe Types 




FRANCIS C. STOKES 6c CO., 235 EAST WASHINGTON SQ., PHILADELPHIA 



PEPPER or MANGO 



One ounce produces 2,500 plants; 
4 ounces for an acre of plants 



Improved 
Ruby Giant Pepper 




Improved Ruby Giant or World Beater 



SUPER-STANDARD 

Days to maturity, 140. This Pepper is a 
selection from the older Ruby King. The 
type has been bred toward a four-Iobed fruit 
rather than three. Improved Ruby Giant is 
infinitely more productive than Ruby King, 
which is a notoriously poor bearer. Improved 
Ruby Giant is nearly as large as Chinese 
Giant, but has a thicker wall and is much 
more productive. (Chinese Giant has never 
been a successful commercial type.) The 
Improved Ruby Giant has been a great 
money-maker and has again proven so this 
past season. We recommend it as probably 
the most profitable main-season commercial 
Pepper for anyone desiring a mild-flavored 
variety. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; 
oz. 40 cts.; V 4 lb. $1.25; lb. $5. 

Schell's Quality Pepper 

SUPER-STANDARD 

Combines earliness, size, yield, and quality 

Days to maturity, 120. Through the cour- 
tesy of Mr. Walter S. Schell, we are able to 
offer our customers this very desirable variety, 
which may not be the earliest Pepper under 
cultivation, but we believe it is the earliest Pepper 
of desirable market size and shape. When matured 
it will be approximately 4 inches long, tapering down 
to a three-Iobed blunt point. Its surface is smooth 
and its ability to color quickly after reaching ma- 
turity adds greatly to its market value. It will also 
be found very prolific, sometimes producing more 
than 30 fruits on one plant. We believe we cannot be too enthusiastic over this desirable variety, for it is sure to 
bring you unusual satisfaction. The history of this Pepper is not clearly known, but apparently it was brought 
to Pennsylvania several years ago by a German physician who grew it for a number of seasons before it was found 
by Mr. Schell, who introduced it in 1912. Since that time it has had wide notice and has reaped large profits 
for those who have planted it. It will prove of most delightful table quality, being very sweet and of delicate 
texture. Do not fail to give it a trial this season. We know you will not be disappointed. Price, delivered: 
Pkt. 20 cts., oz. 75 cts.; Vi'lb. $2.50; lb. $10. 



PUMPKIN 



One ounce will plant 100 hills; 
4 pounds plant an acre 



(Cucurbita Pepo.) Probably native of tropical America. Under cultivation less than 1,000 years. 



Winter Luxury. g£ s b £ ZJ^k 

The tender quality of this Pumpkin makes it highly 
desirable for pie purposes. It is not grown on a large 
scale commercially, however, averaging only about 1 
foot in diameter. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 
20 cts.; y 4 lb. 40 cts.; lb. $1.25; 5 lbs. or more, $1.15 
per lb. 



Kentucky Field, D ay 



SWEET CHEESE. 

rs to maturity, 90. 
This is the standard field Pumpkin. Especially good 
for stock-feeding, although it is also used for pie pur- 
poses to some extent. The fruits are elongated and of 
a golden color. Flesh is light yellow. It is a good 
keeper. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 15 cts.; 
V 4 lb. 30 cts.; lb. $1; 5 lbs. or more, 90 cts. per lb. 



SQUASH 



One ounce will plant 25 hills; 
4 pounds plant an acre 



{Cucurbita maxima.) Cucurbita maxima, the Winter Squash, is native to tropical America; Cucurbita Pepo, 
the Summer Squash, to the more temperate climates of America. The name "squash" and "pumpkin" are 
loosely used interchangeably, either variety being used in making the so-called "pumpkin pie." 

orange and it is oval in shape. Its cultivation is very 
simple. We highly recommend it for all general pur- 
poses. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 15 cts.; V^b. 
30 cts.; lb. $1; 5 lbs. or more, 90 cts. per lb. 



White Bush Scallop. JX %. m % 

quick-growing summer variety, averaging from 8 to 10 
inches in diameter. Sometimes known as "Patty Pan." 
Color cream-white. Price, delivered: Pkt. i'O cts.; 
oz. 15c; y 4 lb. 30c; lb. $1; 5 lbs. or more, 90c. per lb. 

s to maturity, 125. 
is Winter Squash is 
more important than all other varieties for commercial 
purposes. Its good qualities are well known to the 
canners and large pie-bakers, and there is almost in- 
variably a good market for it. Its color is a rich bright 



Boston Marrow. 



Golden Summer Crookneck. 

Days to maturity, 70. The most desirable of the Sum- 
mer Squashes. About 15 inches in length, when mature; 
rich golden yellow, thickly warted, and of the Crookneck 
type. Well known to the consuming public and will 
ordinarily find very ready sale. Price, delivered : Pkt. 
10 cts.; oz. 15 cts.; y 4 lb. 35 cts.; lb. $1.25. 



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QUALITY OF PRODUCT IS OUR FIRST AND ONLY CONSIDERATION 



PEAS 



One pound of seed plants 100 feet of drill; 100 pounds of the dwarf 
varieties, or 50 pounds of the tall varieties, plant an acre 




(Pisum sativum.) Of uncertain origin, but probably a native of central Europe or the mountains of central 
Asia. They have been cultivated by man from a very remote period — probably 10,000 years. 



Pedigree Extra-Early. £X,7o. •{£ 

variety has been offered for just 100 years, during 
which time the type has been considerably improved 
upon. Although it follows Alaska by two or three 
days, its larger pod, higher sugar content, and its more 
prolific bearing qualities make it a more desirable va- 
riety for the general planter. The vine attains a height 
of 20 inches, and the pods will grow to 2}4 inches. 
Price, delivered: y 4 lb. 15 cts.; lb. 35 cts.; 2 lbs. 60 cts.; 
5 lbs. $1.40; 50 lbs. $13.50. 

Thnmac T QvtAn Da y s to maturity, 57. 
1 llUllldb J-jCIAIUU. A variety originated m 
England by Thomas Laxton, of Bedford, a noted 
English horticulturist. This Pea is slightly earlier than 
Gradus and a more abundant yielder. The pods re- 
semble Gradus in shape, excepting that they are blunt- 
ended. They will attain a length of 334 inches. They 
are straight, inclined toward roundness, and are well 
filled. The vine will grow to a height of 2} 2 feet. The 
seed is large, wrinkled, cream color, blended with pale 
green. Price, delivered: V4ib. 15 cts.; lb. 35 cts.; 2 lbs. 
60 cts.; 5 lbs. $1.40; 50 lbs. $13.50. 

Pvarlnc Days to maturity, 60. Also called 
vJIdClUo. Prosperity. The vines reach a height 
of 30 to 36 inches. Gradus is a variety with a pod 
nearly as large as Telephone. It is quick to germinate, 
maturing splendidly under good conditions, but very 
disappointing under adverse ones. The foliage is large 
and luxuriant. The pods will attain a length of 4 
inches, straight, slightly rounded at the point. Price, 
delivered: y 4 lb. 15 cts.; lb. 35 cts.; 2 lbs. 60 cts.; 5 lbs. 
$1.40; 50 lbs. $13.50. 



Little Marvel. SE 



to maturity, 60. The 
vines of this variety will 
grow to a height of 15 inches, producing pods 2% to 
3 inches in length. It resembles the Nott's Excelsior in 
vines, habit of growth, and quality. The pods are con- 
siderably longer, very often being produced in pairs. 
They are straight, slightly broader than Nott's Excel- 
sior, but not so broad as Sutton's Excelsior. The seed 
is green, wrinkled, and of medium size. Price, delivered : 
V 4 lb. 15 cts.; lb. 35 cts.; 2 lbs. 60 cts.; 5 lbs. $1.40; 
50 lbs. $13.50. 



Dark Telephone. 



Days to maturity, 70. 
An English variety 
introduced into this country about 1880. The plant 
attains a height of about 4 feet, and its heavy foliage 
protects the newly forming pods against intense heat. 
Although in the original type the pod was a light green, 
by introducing Alderman blood it is now a rich dark 
green. The pods will grow from 33^> to 4 inches long 
and %inch wide. There will be from five to ten Peas 
in the pod. Price, delivered: Vilb. 15 c ts.; lb. 35 cts.; 
2 lbs. 60 cts.; 5 lbs. $1.40; 50 lbs. $13.50. 



The Marchioness. 



Days to maturity, 56. 
Also called World's 
Record. We recommend this variety particularly 
because of its delicious quality. The dry seeds are of a 
fresh green color which indicates richer flavor. In many 
respects The Marchioness resembles Gradus. The vine, 
however, is 6 inches shorter and the Peas will be ready 
for market four to five days earlier. The pods grow to 
33^2 to 4 inches, are quite broad, pointed, and well filled. 
Price, delivered: V 4 lb. 15 cts.; lb. 40 cts.; 2 lbs. 70 cts.; 
5 lbs. $1.60; 50 lbs. $15. 




The Marchioness, four days earlier than Gradus 
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FRANCIS C. STOKES dc CO., 235 EAST WASHINGTON SQ., PHILADELPHIA 

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PRICES OF ALL 
RADISHES, DE- 
LIVERED: Pkt. 10 
cts.; oz. 20 cts.; V 4 lb. 
30 cts.; lb. $1; lOlbs. 
and over, 95 cts. per 
lb. ; 100 lbs. and over, 
90 cts. per lb. 



One ounce of seed 
plants 100 feet of 
drill; 10 to 12 pounds 
plant an acre 



Early Scarlet Globe Radish 

SUPER-STANDARD 

Days to maturity, 25. The old-time Radish-grower will go a long way to secure a more perfect strain of Scarlet 
Globe than this. As a greenhouse forcing type, or as a field type, we believe it is without a peer, and willingly 
challenge comparison with any others. Our stock is the result of very careful work on the part of our grower. The 
roots will be found uniformly true to shape and of a rich scarlet color. The top is remarkably small, which is a 
desirable feature for bunching. The average size of this strain is by % inches. You cannot go wrong on it. 
It will grow quickly and evenly, maturing in just over three weeks' time under good conditions. The colored 
photograph on this page is a true reproduction of the strain. 

Philadelphia White Box (1888) 

Days to maturity, 35. This variety was introduced 
by Johnson & Stokes in 1888. This superb, ivory- 
white strain is probably the best of the round, white 
class. We have spared no pains in developing the stock 
which would meet the critical requirements of the large 
field-Radish men. Owing to prohibition and the passing 
of the free-lunch counter, we do not recommend as large 
plantings as formerly, but there is still a place for it. 

\A/V»if«i Tr»ir»lo Days to maturity, 30. The 
VV IllLC IClClC. root will attain a length of 
about 5Yi inches, tapering regularly from near the 
shoulder to the tip, holding this thickness for nearly 
its entire length, the thickest part being about 1 inch 
from the top. It will hold a week to ten days before 
becoming pithy. The color is a pure transparent white. 

Sparkler White Tip. gp*™KS£S 

very extensively commercially, especially for the mid- 
West markets. The color is a very deep scarlet, with a 
distinct white tip covering about one-third of the 
lower diameter of the root. Its shape is nearly round, 
slightly flattened on the under side. 



T r»n Ci ^»r»SJ vlckf Da Y s to maturity, 30. The 
LuKJllg .1CL. bright scarlet root will attain 

a length of from 5 to 6 inches, having a diameter of 1 
inch. The flesh is crisp and tender. Care must be 
taken not to allow this variety to remain too long 
after attaining its full growth. 

White Strasburg. g A«Sh 

in the United States by Johnson & Stokes in 1885. A 
large summer Radish desirable for late planting. The 
maximum size of root before becoming pithy is about 
5 inches in length and 1'% inches in diameter. One- 
fifth of the root usually grows above the ground. 

or SHEPHERD. Days to maturity, 
45. A summer Radish, dull pink for 
two-thirds of its length, shading to a pure white at the 
tip. Average length 5 inches. It is not recommended 
for spring planting. 

Half-long Black Spanish. °7L\° 

ity, 70. This is a winter Radish. Its roots are a gray- 
black color on the surface, having a white interior, 
which is very crisp and pungent. Length 3^ inches. 



Chartier, 



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STOKES SEEDS ARE SOLD UNDER A PERCENTAGE OF GERMINATION 



Virginia Savoy Spinach 



A very hardy "yellows"-resistant strain 
for fall planting 




SUPER-STANDARD 

Days to maturity, 45. This new variety has a very interesting history. The original seed was collected near 
Liaoyang, in northern Manchuria, by the late lamented Frank N. Meyer, one of the greatest agricultural explorers 
ever sent out by our Government. This stock was a wild Asiatic plant, resembling dandelion. It underwent natural 
selection, resulting in a strain which was extremely hardy and which has proven to be resistant to mosaic. Our 
old friend, Prof. J. B. Norton, of Washington Asparagus fame (at that time in the Government service), had grown 
some of this original Manchurian stock at Concord, Mass., securing natural crosses with Bloomsdale and other 
types. The enterprise thus begun was brought to a conclusion at Norfolk, Va., after several years' painstaking 
work on the part of the scientists at the Virginia Truck Experiment Station. Although resembling Bloomsdale in 
its mature appearance, it differs from it in habit of growth. The fact that it is highly resistant to mosaic, commonly 
known as blight or Spinach "yellows," gives it outstanding prominence. This disease is becoming more serious 
in the northeastern states. The crop starts off somewhat slower than Bloomsdale, but will stand much lower 
temperatures. Virginia Savoy is recommended solely for fall planting. It is not recommended as a spring Spinach, 
owing to its tendency to run to seed in warm weather. Our seed is only one generation removed from the stock seed 
grown by the Virginia Truck Experiment Station which is constantly working on the variety to keep it true. In 
offering Virginia Savoy we wish to pay our compliments to the scientists who have been responsible for its develop- 
ment. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 15 cts.; V 4 lb. 20 cts.; lb. 50 cts.; 5 lbs., 45 cts. per lb.; 50 lbs., 40 cts. 
per lb.; 100 lbs., 35 cts. per lb. 

Note. — Although we can supply small quantities immediately, our main stocks have already been exhausted, owing to large 
demands! We shall be pleased to book orders against the 1925 crop for delivery about August IS, 1925. 

is beautifully crumpled and of a rich green color, 
being very compact and spreading in a large rosette. 
Price, delivered: Pkt. 10c; oz. 15c; y 4 lb. 20c; lb. 
45c; 5 lbs. or more, 40c. per lb.; 50 lbs. or more, 
35 cts. per lb.; 100 lbs. or more, 30 cts. per lb. 



King of Denmark A new, long-standing 

Spinach. Days to maturity, 55. This is a valuable new 
addition to the Spinach list. By a succession of plant- 
ings in April and May, you will be able to continue your 
cutting season two weeks after even Long Season has 
bolted to seed. The leaves grow on slightly longer 
stalks than Bloomsdale, but they are large, round, 
well-blistered, and stocky. The color is a rich deep 
green, which it holds even under July sun. By thus 
adding two weeks to the season, especially at a time 
when there is little Spinach on the market, King of 
Denmark has a valuable place. Price, delivered: Pkt. 
10 cts.; oz. 15 cts.; V 4 lb. 20 cts.; lb. 50 cts.; 5 lbs. or 
more, 45 cts. per lb.; 50 lbs. or more, 40 cts. per lb.; 
100 lbs. or more, 35 cts. per lb. 

Bloomsdale Savoy. xhe^hS^S^i 

a Spinach found to take the place of Bloomsdale Savoy 
for February and March planting. As a variety for 
early spring cutting, Bloomsdale will continue to hold 
its own. However, it is not recommended as a warm- 
season type and neither do we recommend it for fall 
sowing, Virginia Savoy being much more effective. 
Bloomsdale is distinguished by its upright growth 
and thick, dark green leaves which are beautifully 
crumpled and blistered. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; 
oz. 15 cts.; y 4 lb. 20 cts.; lb. 40 cts.; 5 lbs. or more, 
35 cts. per lb.; 50 lbs. or more, 28 cts. per lb.; 100 lbs. 
or more, 25 cts. per lb. 

I r\-nr* C n „ CAn Days to maturity, 50. 
J_jOn§ OeaSOn* LongSeason is recom- 
mended for April planting, although it is not 
comparable to King of Denmark. It, never- 
theless, will hold in condition for two weeks 
after Bloomsdale. Our strain of Long Season 



New Zealand ^SSS^^^r^ P kn y t! 

although not generically of the Spinach family, is 
commonly classed with it. As a hot-weather substitute, 
it is unparalleled. The plant will grow to a height of 
about 1 foot, spreading to a radius of 2 feet. The leaves 
are small, broad, and pointed, but they are of excellent 
quality and may be cut throughout the summer. We 
recommend that three or four seeds be placed in each 
hill 3 feet apart. The seeds of New Zealand are very 
large, hard, and prickly. Their germination will be 
helped by a day's soaking in lukewarm water. Price, 
delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; y 4 lb. 30 cts.; lb. 
$1 ; 5 lbs. or more, 90 cts. per lb. 

One-half ounce of Spinach seed plants 100 feet of 
drill; 8 pounds, drilled, plant 
an acre; if seed is broadcasted, 
sow 25 
pounds to 
the acre. 



SALSIFY 



(Tragopogon porrifolius:) Native of the 
Mediterranean region. Under cultivation 
about 1,000 years. 

One ounce plants 100 feet of drill; 2 pounds 
plant y 4 acre 



Mammoth Sandwich Island. 

Days to maturity, 150. The seed of this standard 
variety should be sown in the early spring, thin- 
ning to 4 inches apart in the row The roots 
should stay in the ground until late fall or through 
the winter, if desired. If stored, put in a cool, 
moist place. As a root plant, it is very desir- 
able when properly served with a cream dressing. 
Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; V 4 lb. 60 
cts.; lb. $2.25. 




Bloomsdale Savoy Spinach 



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Super -Standard 
Bonny Best 
Tomato 

The safest and most profit- 
able Tomato for greenhouse 
or field cultivation. Seed 
costs,. $3 per acre. Returns 
per acre — what you make 
them. (They have been over 
$500.) Several customers 
cleared over $5,000 from this 
seed in 1924. 

For full description see 
page 27 



4 




mm 



SUPER 

Safe Because : 



STANDARD 



1. Seed crop grown from our own stock seed on virgin 

Tomato soil. 

2. Seed saved only from specially designated plants. 

3. Seed-saving machinery not used for any other variety. 

4. Seed treated with corrosive sublimate. 

5. Seed crop certified by New Jersey State Inspector. 



BONNY BEST 

Profitable Because: 



1. It is more disease free. 

2. It is more productive. 

3. Its brilliant deep fruits are best suited for slicing. 

4. Its large thick-celled fruit gives heavy tonnage. 

5. It is well known for its table quality. Always sell it as 

Bonny Best. Its name is well known by most buyers. 



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PLANT STOKES SEEDS FOR THE VERY BEST VEGETABLES 



Stokes Bonny Best 

THE FAMOUS SUPER-STANDARD STRAIN * 



(1908) 



Germination 97% (About 5,000 seeds per ounce) 

Days to maturity, 130. Stokes seeds have been better advertised by the Bonny Best Tomato and the 
friends it has made than by any other one factor. This is the third year we have offered this now-famous 
Super-Standard Strain, and we are pleased to announce that our 1924 crop has been brought to its full 
development and gathered to our entire satisfaction. In fact, we are more enthusiastic about it now than 
ever. It is distinctly superior, we believe, to the 1923 seed which, during 1924, has netted hundreds of 
thousands of dollars for those who planted it. All of the Super-Standard Bonny Best to be sold this year 
will be from the 1924 crop. We consider it a high honor to have the responsibility of disseminating it. 

As a Strain for Greenhouse Forcing 

Super-Standard Bonny Best has come to be considered of outstanding importance in the minds of the 
largest greenhouse men, experiment station experts, and even by our competitors in the seed trade. Under 
good conditions, it should produce fruits weighing from 6 to 8 ounces each, with plants giving a total pick of 
5 pounds and upward. In our stock seed selections we have made a great effort to increase th*e depth of the 
Tomato from crown to blossom, and we are glad to say we are meeting with success on this point. In fact, 
the present crop shows distinctly the advantage of an additional year's breeding over 1923 crop. As a 
standard greenhouse Tomato, we are convinced that Super-Standard Bonny Best will prove superior to any 
other strain we know of, providing your market will take a brilliant, scarlet Tomato, uniformly smooth, of 
good depth, and just under the half-pound size. You are taking no chances in putting down your whole 
greenhouse range to this stock, for all of it was gathered under the personal direction of Francis C. Stokes. 

As a Strain for Field Cultivation 

The breeding which this Tomato has received at the hands of our Company is a strong enough factor 
in itself to warrant giving it first consideration as a more profitable strain for field cultivation. This breeding 
was easily noticeable in comparing our 1924 crop with any other Tomato crop we inspected this year. Several 
customers who inspected our seed crop in September also confirmed this point. The selection work has 
tended toward a heavier-producing, larger-fruited, and more disease-free type. Grown, as it was, in an 
isolated corner of Burlington County, New Jersey, 35 miles from Philadelphia, on ground which had never 
grown Tomatoes before, we have a feeling of confidence about it that would not be possible otherwise. 
Much Tomato seed is now being produced on disease-infested soils. This being the case, it is no wonder that 
the average Tomato crops tend to go to pieces so quickly. Our field of Super-Standard Bonny Best had the 
official inspection of an officer of the Bureau of Inspection (New Jersey), who has certified the crop as being 
true to type, highly productive, and unusually free from the usual Tomato diseases. We place our own safe- 
guards around this crop, but the state certification gives additional protection to the buyer. Hundreds of 
our customers who used our stock last year will testify to the quality of the fruit. In actual dollars and cents 

Dyou will be far ahead of your competitors if you use Super-Standard 
Bonny Best. The original cost of $3 per acre for this strain as against 
perhaps $1 per acre for ordinary seed, will prove of no consideration 
whatever. If you have not tried our Super-Standard Bonny Best 
in the past, don't put it off another season. You are distinctly the 
loser by delaying it. 

, A well-bred type Price, delivered: Pkt. $1 ; y 2 oz. $3 ; oz. $5 ; y 4 lb. $18.50 A run -° ut ^ 




Examine the Record: 

In the final analysis, this Tomato will be judged by 
its performance, and before making your purchase we 
would have you examine its record. This past season 
Francis C. Stokes inspected many greenhouse crops 
that were planted from our Super-Standard Bonny 
Best seed. The results were most gratifying. Probably 
the best example of indoor propagation was in the range 
of Wesley U. Herr & Son, .Salona, Pa. This may not 
have been the most profitable crop visited, but it 
seemed to be as perfectly taken care of as any. On 
September 13, Mr. Herr sent us the final plant return, 
this being $1.32. This was sent in with the notation 
"very gratifying." This figure may have been sur- 
passed by several customers, but we hold that it is a 
representative result. Naturally the plant return of 
$1.32 is not reached in field cultivation, for although the 
tonnage is far heavier outside, the prevailing market 
price is never equal to the price of greenhouse Torriatoes. 
The figure, nevertheless, should be of interest to all 
Tomato growers for comparative purposes. M. T. 
Nixon, Sec, Marietta (O.) Truck Growers' Association 
can give some interesting data on our Super-Standard 
Bonny yields in field cultivation. 



Note on Pollinating Indoor Tomatoes: 

Because of the stillness of the air inside a greenhouse, 
it is necessary to hand-pollinate Tomato blossoms in 
order to secure a full set. In this connection we would 
call attention to the work done by Prof. E. G. B. 
Bouquet, of the Oregon Agricultural College. His 
method of emasculating the blossom is fully described 
in Station Bulletin No. 158, as published by the Oregon 
Agricultural College. Prof. Bouquet estimates that 
10 cents covers the cost of pollination for an entire 
plant. By such methods he secured an average of 11 
pounds 6 ounces per plant with our Super-Standard 
Bonny Best. The highest yielding plant was 16 
pounds. All greenhouse men will recognize this as a 
phenomenal yield. It is known that an ample supply 
of pollen is of the greatest assistance in all pollinating 
work. Inasmuch as no pollen is formed where there is 
an excess of nitrogen, it may be found best to cut down 
the water-supply during the ten days or two weeks 
when the main set is being made, waiting until after 
this before applying nitrate of soda. Hand-pollinating 
should be done with the first two fingers of the left 
hand. This kind of work is most effective when done on 
clear, dry days. 



* This seed has been treated with corrosive sublimate for your protection. Do not plant it in a disease- 
infected seedbed 



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FRANCIS C. STOKES g CO., 235 EAST WASHINGTON SQ., PHILADELPHIA 



TOMATO 



One ounce of seed will produce over 3,000 plants, which, 
if planted 4 by 4 feet, will cover an acre 



(Lycopersicum esculentum var. vulgare.) In all probability a native of Peru. The name is derived from the 
Aztec word Xito nate, the vegetable having been prized and extensively cultivated by the natives long before the 
discovery of America. It has probably been under a high state of cultivation for at least 2,000 years. 

Although we have been conducting some very interesting investigations and plant-breeding programs 
in the Tomato, as yet we are not read}- to offer any new strains this year. Our Super-Standard strain of 
Bonny Best continues to have the place of honor as our most important individual item. Certainly, from 
point of time and money expended on it, it outranks everything else in our catalogue. Our Standard 
strains of Bonny Best and Greater Baltimore are recommended for canning purposes. The Super- 
Standard strain of Greater Baltimore is designed 
especially for growers catering to home markets. 
The stock of Earliana which we offer this year, we 
believe to be among the very best available. It 
is the result of years' selection for earliness, size, 
and quality of fruit. 




Langdon's Adirondack Earliana 

SUPER-STANDARD 

Grown for us by Messrs. H. P. Langdon & Son, 330 miles north of Philadelphia 

Days to maturity, 125. The old firm of Johnson & Stokes, in offering Spark's Earliana twenty-five years ago, 
contributed a variety of far-reaching importance. Since that time it has become well known all over the world 
and has been honored by more than a hundred different names. Realizing that earliness is the strongest char- 
acteristic of the variety, and knowing that good breeding and latitude both have a great deal to do with earliness, 
we have been led to believe that Langdon's Adirondack Earliana is among the best, if not the best, strain of this 
Tomato now available. We are pleased to announce that we have made arrangements with H. P. Langdon & 
Son, so that we might supply our trade with seed of their own growing. This represents a twenty-year selection 
for earliness, smoothness, size of fruit, and firmness of texture. The seed we offer is saved from Grade No. 2, which 
means that it is from crown and selected fruit only. 

The combination of earliness, size, and smoothness which is found in the Adirondack Earliana makes it very 
valuable for a Tomato of its class. No one can ever say that Earliana has the fine table quaiity of Bonny Best or 



Greater Baltimore, for it 



:h stronger in acidity and the fruit 



has the fine appearance of the later 



rieties, but there is a definite place for it. Many growers find that it has been one of their most profitable varieties 
The Langdon strain has been grown with great success by growers in all parts of the country. In line with oui 
practice of handling only the very finest stocks, we are much gratified to be able to offer the genuine Langdon' 1 
Adirondack Earliana. You will find even an ounce of seed a very profitable investment. Price, delivered: Pkt 
25 cts.; V 2 oz. 75 cts.; oz. $1.25; y 4 lb. $5. 

Note on Stak ing Earliana Tomatoes: Training Tomatoes to a 4-foot stake is considered good 
practice by certain Tomato-growers. Staking ripens fruit earlier and brings it to maturity in better condition than 
fruit grown on unstaked plants. One drawback that must be considered in this practice is that it reduces yield 
about 25 per cent. This reduction, plus the additional cost of staking and tying the plants, is usually more than 
overcome, however, by the higher price obtained for the fruit. We recommend the practice 



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QUALITY OF PRODUCT IS OUR FIRST AND ONLY CONSIDERATION 



THE TWO LEADING CANNERS' TYPES 

Certified Nero Jersey Seed 




Stokes Bonny Best (i«») 



Begins to ripen about July 15, 
bearing until Sept. 1 

STANDARD STRAIN 

Days to maturity, 130. The vast Tomato crop of New Jersey is about equally 
divided between Bonny Best and Greater Baltimore. Some counties are stronger in 
one and some in another. Bonny Best, as introduced by the late Walter P. Stokes 
lin 1908, is second-early in season, following Earliana within one week. The Standard 
Strain offered herewith is seed saved from certified fields and under methods passed 
upon by the State Bureau of Inspection in New Jersey. All of this seed is from the 
1924 crop. Although we do not consider the Standard Strain of Bonny Best to be at 
all comparable with our Super-Standard strain — for this is a matter of quantity pro- 
duction and the other of quality production — we, nevertheless, want to make it very 
plain that for what it is this Standard Strain will be found to give excellent results. 
This holds especially true as a canning type, for this particular strain has been 
specially bred with canning requirements in mind. It is of a bright red color, exceed- 
ingly solid, and very productive, the tonnage per acre reaching a high point. This strain will not produce 
as large fruits as the Super-Standard strain, and they will not be as thick through from stem to blossom. 
For its purpose, however, it is a very desirable type. In the latitude of Philadelphia it will ordinarily ripen 
about July 15, continuing to bear for six weeks. Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts. ; oz. 40 cts.; V^lb. $1.25; lb. 
$5 ; 5 lbs. or more, $4.50 per lb. 



'Play it safe, neighbor: 
plant Stokes Seeds" 



Greater Baltimore ^SoSr 

STANDARD STRAIN 

Days to maturity, 150. Greater Baltimore as a main-crop Tomato makes a valuable companion variety 
to Bonny Best, the second-early type. Greater Baltimore is a selection from Livingston Stone, Baltimore 
being slightly earlier than Stone. It is now more generally used for canning purposes than the older Stone, 
this being due to the more careful breeding it has received at the hands of Mr. H. F. Hall of the Campbell 
Soup Co., who use Bonny Best and Baltimore almost exclusively in their immense operations. Greater 
Baltimore has a much more vigorous vine development than any second-early strain. It is thus able to 
stand torrid August weather, ripening its fruit normally and evenly until the end of the season. This strain of 
Greater Baltimore has been developed especially for canning purposes, interior color and thickness of the walls 
being primary factors. Actual tests show this Tomato to be comparatively high in solidity. Seed planted 
April 1 will produce bearing plants by August 10. Our Standard Strain of Greater Baltimore, as is the case 
with the Bonny Best, has been certified as to purity of type, etc. Price, delivered : Pkt. 10 cts. ; oz. 40 cts. ; 
y 4 lb. $1 ; lb. $4; 5 lbs. or more, $3.50 per lb. 



Note to Florida Tomato-Growers: 

Within the next few months we hope to give you the benefit of investigational work looking to the control of 
the "Nail Head Rust." Due notice will be given in Florida of such demonstrations as we are able to conduct on 
both the East and West Coast during April or May, 1925. 




We supply large quantities of Tomato seed for canning-house crops 



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FRANCIS C. STOKES g CO., 235 EAST WASHINGTON SQ., PHILADELPHIA 



Greater Baltimore 

SUPER-STANDARD 

A special selection for greater size and productive- 
ness. This is especially recommended for home- 
market trade 

Days to maturity, 150. This strain is offered now for the second season. It is the result of eight years' 
selection for increased size and productiveness. When well-grown and highly fertilized it will produce a 
very handsome Tomato. It is considerably larger than our Standard Strain of Baltimore, with a tendency 
toward a slightly angular shoulder, a feature which indicates sturdy shipping qualities. Super-Standard 
Greater Baltimore will prove a very profitable Tomato, especially so if you have a home market which 
appreciates handsome fruits. Price," delivered: Pkt. 25 cts.; oz. 50 cts.; V 4 lb. $2; lb. $8; 5 lbs. $35. 

Note on the variety, "Livingston Stone" 

In the process of simplification of varieties we have eliminated Stone, owing to its great similarity to Greater E al- 
timore. In this district the name Greater Baltimore is now far better known than Stone, although it takes an expert 
to tell the two apart. We hold to Greater Baltimore, owing to its having received more careful breeding work during 
the past ten years. Canners and Tomato growers who know Stone as a family word and wonder why we do not list 
it are respectfully referred to Greater Baltimore. You will thus have the same type Tomato and at the same time a 
strain far superior to the usual run of Tomatoes now sold under the name of Stone. 



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STOKES SEEDS ARE SOLD UNDER A PERCENTAGE OF GERMINATION 



Yellow Globe Rutabaga Turnip 

SUPER-STANDARD 

Philadelphia County Strain 

(Brassica campestris.) Days to maturity, 125. This is a home- 
grown stock of the true globe Rutabaga. It is the type of Ruta- 
baga known to the market gardeners of Philadelphia, it having the 
true globe shape and deep yellow flesh with the usual purple 
tinge over the shoulder. The colored photograph shown on 
this page is not adequate and must not be taken as an 
exact replica of this stock. Rutabaga requires a longer 
time for development than the quicker-growing turnip. 
It is usually planted in rows during May or June 
We recommend that they be thinned to at least 6 
inches in the row, for otherwise they will not reach 
their full development. The stock we offer, although 
much higher in price than the ordinary commercial 
grades, will prove proportionately more valuable. The 
experienced market gardener knows that it is impos- 
sible to buy the best stocks of Rutabaga for less than $5 w 
per pound. This present strain is offered with every 
assurance that it will give you the desired results. Price, 
delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 40 cts.; y 4 lb. $1.25; lb. $5. 





Red-Top White Globe 



Days to maturity, 70. 




Red-Top . 
White Globe 
Turnip 



Page 

Asparagus 2 

Beans 3 

Beet 4,5 

Bonny Best Tomato . . . 

26, 27, 29 

Brussels Sprouts 16 

Cabbage 6, 7 

Carrot 8 

Cauliflower 9 

Celery 1, 10, 11 

Celeriac 11 



This strain has been selected for the bright ^ t 

^ m red top, as compared to the more usual , Yellow 

mm purple. We offer it, believing that it x Globe 

WK will prove more salable than the usual Rutabaga 
VJg Purple-Top White Globe. This has 

been the experience of many New England gardeners. Our stock will 
prove uniform, of good te xture, and have good keeping qualities. 
The price asked for it is slightly higher than for the purple, but 
it is quite worth the difference. Price, delivered: Pkt. 
10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; V 4 lb. 40 cts.; lb. $1.25; 5 lbs. or 
more, $1.15 per lb. 

Purple-Top Milan 

Days to maturity, 45. This small, rather flattened 
Turnip, is distinctly for home market purposes. It 
is not a farmer's Turnip in the common acceptance 
of the term. In quality, Purple-Top Milan is ahead 
of the Purple-Top White Globe. This variety, how- 
ever, should be harvested soon after reaching its mature 
size of about 23^ inches. Purple-Top Milan is also 
recommended for forcing under glass, although this 
phase is not often of much commercial importance. 
Price, delivered: Pkt. 10 cts.; oz. 20 cts.; y 4 lb. 40 cts.; 
lb. $1.25; 5 lbs. or more, $1.15 per lb. 

One-half ounce of seed plants 100 feet of drill; 2 pounds, drilled, 
plant an acre; if broadcasted, allow 3 pounds 



INDEX 



r . Page 

Chicory 16 

Corn „ .12, 13 

Cucumber 14, 15 

Dill 16 

Eggplant 16 

Endive 16 

Kale 16 

Kohlrabi 16 

Leek 16 

Lettuce 17,32 

Mangel Beet 5 



Page 

Muskmelon 18 

Okra 16 

Onion 20,21,32 

Parsley 20 

Parsnip 20 

Peas 23 

Pepper 22 

Pumpkin 22 

Radish 24 

Rutabaga 31 



Page 

Salsify 25 

Spinach. 25 

Squash 22 

Summer Savory 16 

Sweet Marjoram 16 

Swiss Chard 5 

Thyme 16 

Tomato 26-30 

Turnip 31 

Watermelon 19 



J. Horace McFarland Company, Horticultural Printers, Harrisburg, Pa. 



STOKL 




mlR SHEET 



SEED 



For the Very Best Vegetables 

FRANCIS C. STOKES & CO., 235 East Washington Sq., PHILADELPHIA, P| 



Date. 



Name. 



Street- 



Post Office. 
State 



Box 
R. D. 



County. 



Express or Freight Office. 



Fill in only if order weighs over 20 lbs. 



Although practically all shipments will go forward by Parcel Post, we reserve the right to ship by 
Express or Freight when the weight and distance make the mail rate prohibitive. All prices listed in 
this Market Gardeneis' Catalogue, except those on Asparagus Roots (over 100), include cost of 
delivery. 



AMOUNT ENCLOSED 

Postal Money Order 
Express Money Order 
Check or Bank Draft 
Currency .... 
Postage Stamps . . 
Total .... 



C.O.D.'s are discouraged on accc 
of the extra collection charge wl 
must be assumed by the purchad 



PT SUPER-STANDARD STRAINS ARE PRINTED IN BOLD FACE TYPE 



Quantity 



VARIETIES 



ASPARAGUS 
Mary Washington Roots 
Mary Washington Seed 

BEANS, Lima 

Fordhook Bush 

Wonder Bush 

Carpinteria Pole 

BEANS, Stringless 

Giant Stringless (Green) 

, Pencil-Pod (Wax) 

Round-Pod Kidney (Wax) 

BEET 

Crosby's Egyptian 

Early Wonder 

Detroit Dark Red 

The Century Beet 

CHARD, Swiss 

Silver Leaf 

Giant Lucullus 

BEET, Mangel 

Mammoth Long Red 

CABBAGE 

New Jersey Wakefield 

Golden Acre 

Copenhagen Market 

Henderson's Succession 

Mammoth Red Rock 

Reed Bros.' Danish Ballhead. 

Pocono Mountain Savoy 

Forward 



Price 



Quantity 



VARIETIES 



Price 



Brought forward 

CARROT 

Coreless. 

Chantenay 

Danvers Half-Long 

CAULIFLOWER 

White Mountain Erfurt. . . 
CELERY 

Golden Plume 

Golden Self-Blanching . 

Easy Blanching 

Columbia 

Giant Pascal (Frost Strain) . . 

Winter Queen 

CELERIAC 

Giant Prague 

CORN, SWEET 

Early Malcolm 

Golden Bantam 

Stokes Double-barreled Best. 

Kendel's Early Giant 

Sunny Slope Special 

Country Gentleman 

CUCUMBER 

Windermoor Wonder 

Hybrid White Spine 

Snow's Chicago Pickle 

BRUSSELS SPROUTS 

Cambridge Champion 

Forward , 



Quantity 



VARIETIES 



Brought forward 

CHICORY 

. Witloof 

DANDELION 

Broad-leaved 

EGGPLANT 

Black Beauty 

ENDIVE 

Green Curled 

Broad-leaved Batavian 

HERBS 

. Dill 

Sweet Marjoram 

Summer Savory 

Thyme, Broad-leaf English. . . 
KALE 

Dwarf Curled Scotch 

KOHLRABI 

Early White Vienna 

LEEK 

Monstrous Carentan 

OKRA 

Extra-Early Dwarf Prolific . . . 
LETTUCE 

Green-leaved Big Boston 

Grand Rapids 

Big Boston 

Black-seeded Simpson 

Salamander 

. Early White Self-folding Cos. 
MUSKMELON 

Hearts of Gold 

Stokes Sugar Sweet 

. Fordhook 

The Bender 

WATERMELON 

Fordhook Early : . . . . 

The Angeleno 

Improved Kleckley Sweet. . 
PARSNIP 

Model Hollow Crown 

PARSLEY 

Champion Moss Curled 

Hamburg Turnip-rooted 

ONION 

Mammoth Yellow Prizetaker. 

Southport White Globe 

Southport Red Globe 

Southport Yellow Globe 

Forward 



Price 




VARIETIES 



Brought forward 

ONION, continued 

White Portugal, or Silverskin 

Ebenezer, or Japanese 

PEPPER or MANGO 

Improved Ruby Giant, or World 
Beater 

Schell's Quality Pepper 

PUMPKIN 

Winter Luxury 

Kentucky Field 

SQUASH 

White Bush Scallop 

Boston Marrow 

Golden Summer Crookneck 

PEAS 

Pedigree Extra-Early 

Thomas Laxton 

Gradus 

Little Marvel \ 

Dark Telephone 

The Marchioness 

RADISH 

Early Scarlet Globe 

. Philadelphia White Box 

W'hite Icicle 

. Sparkler White Tip 

Long Scarlet 

White Strasburg 

Chartier 

Half-Long Black Spanish 

SPINACH 

Virginia Savoy 

King of Denmark 

Bloomsdale Savoy 

Long Season. 

New Zealand 

SALSIFY 

Mammoth Sandwich Island 

TOMATO 

Super-Standard Bonny Best 

Langdon's Adirondack Earliana.. 

Stokes Bonny Best (Standard) 

Greater Baltimore (Standard) 

Super-Standard Greater Baltimore 
TURNIP 

Yellow Globe Rutabaga 

. Red-Top White Globe 

. Purple-Top Milan 

Total 



Price 



You May Expect Delivery of Your Order by Return Mail 

WE ARE now so organized that all seed orders which come to us by two o'clock in the afternoon will be 
filled and in the mails the same day. This prompt delivery is aided by the fact that we are operating a 
simplified business. As pointed out elsewhere, we are concentrating our whole efforts on 1 12 varieties. These 
are now in stock and are waiting for you. As usual, all of our stocks have been thoroughly tested for germina- 
tion and the latest tests will be found on every package — F. C. S. 



Stokes Seeds 



Early 
White Self-Folding 
Cos Lettuce 
See page 17 




Francis C. Stokes & Co. 

235 EAST WASHINGTON SQUARE 
PHILADELPHIA 



Bell Phone . 
Cable Address 



Lombard 5375 
Stokes, Phila. 



Our Rule of Seven 

1. Vegetable Seeds only. 

2. A restricted variety list. 

3. Very best strains available. 

4. True varietal name and, where pos- 
sible, identification of the particular strain. 

5. Germination on every package. 

6. A fair price for services rendered: 
"How profitable, not how expensive." 

7. Keep the creative spirit alive. Stand 
abreast of changing requirements. 

On these terms we solicit your business 



Black-Seeded 
Simpson Lettuce 
I See page 17